The Fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy: What’s the Difference?

 

The fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy are often confused. While both roles provide essential hands-on rehabilitative work to help clients perform everyday tasks as independently as possible, each field takes a diverse approach in helping people get back to their usual way of life.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant: Among the Top Healthcare Jobs in Demand

 

The healthcare industry is filled with many job opportunities for first-time students and career-changers. But there is one healthcare career that stands out from the rest because of its diversity, growth and high demand: Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is among the top healthcare jobs in demand right now. In fact, U.S News & World Report ranked the #1 best healthcare support job in 2016. It’s one of the fastest growing healthcare jobs you can have with an associate’s degree and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OTA profession will grow 43% by 2024, faster than almost any other occupation and more than 14,000 new jobs will be open between now and 2024.

Categories: Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field

Occupational Therapy Assistant Career Explained

 

Occupational therapy is one of the medical field’s best kept secrets. It’s a promising and flexible career that allows you to be creative, hands-on, and innovative. You’re probably wondering, “What exactly does this career entail?” Glad you asked!

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What to Expect from a Career in OTA

 

You want to work in healthcare and you are thinking about becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant, but you’re not sure it’s the right path for you. Well, if you really want to work with people instead of spending your days pushing paper and if you’re a creative person who loves helping others, then becoming at OTA could be the right fit for you. But it’s best to start at the beginning to explain exactly what to expect from a career in OTA.

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OT Month Shout-out: 6 Ways Occupational Therapy Changes Lives

 

OT Month

While occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants make a difference 365 days a year, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. uses April, which they designated OT Month in 1980, to celebrate the vitally important roles these professionals play in society.

Categories: OTA Field, OTA Inspiration

Break Into Health Care as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

Break into health care with St. Catherine's online OTA program

Have you always felt that health care is the field you need to be in, but you’re unsure how to get there? Are you a creative person who likes helping people, but can’t stand the sight of blood?

Break into health care field as an occupational therapy assistant.

Occupational therapy’s number one goal is to help clients (what patients are called in OT) live life to the fullest. Occupational therapy assistants are able to work in any of the six practice areas.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field, OTA Inspiration, OTA Online Program, St. Catherine University Reviews

Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas: OT Gets Creative

 

Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas: OT Gets Creative

Many think occupational therapy only treats the wounded or elderly, when in fact occupational therapy treats people of all ages and from all walks of life. These three creative occupational therapy activity ideas should give you a sense of how vast the opportunities are with this health care career.

Occupational therapy assistants have the opportunity to work with babies, the elderly, grade school kids, inmates, the mentally disabled, and more. With occupational therapy, you can find your fit and work in a place that provides care for people you really care about.

Categories: OTA Field, OTA Inspiration

Why I Chose to Become an OTA through St. Catherine University

 

Marie knew she wanted to be an occupational therapy assistant; she’d shadowed an occupational therapist at a hospital and was interested in the occupational therapy field. The problem was that she couldn’t find a program or school for occupational therapy that offered OTA.

Instead, Marie went to massage therapy school, an experience she doesn’t regret, but one that was difficult. Marie shared that she worked during the day and went to school at night. She recalls how hard it was to sit in class every day.

When she decided to pursue her OTA degree, Marie knew she needed a program that was flexible. Marie says, “I didn’t want to sit in a classroom all day long, especially having a kid and a husband.”

We sat down with Marie to get her thoughts on becoming an OTA, online learning, what she wishes others knew about the field, and more.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, OTA Fieldwork, OTA Online Program, St. Catherine University Reviews

Is Occupational Therapy Assistant a Good Career Choice? It Depends.

 

The question may be straightforward, but the answer to is occupational therapy assistant a good career choice? is not a simple yes or no. It depends on the type of person and what you’re looking for. OTA is not for everyone; you need good people skills, a mind for creative problem solving, and be self-motivated to help others.

If you’re looking to jumpstart your health care career, then occupational therapy should definitely be on your short list of careers. We can help you figure out if OTA is a good career choice for you depending on how you answer the following questions.

Categories: OTA Field

[Quiz] What Is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

 

In the health care field, many know the essential role the occupational therapy field plays in helping patients live life to the fullest. Outside of the health care field, not many know about the imperative work occupational therapists do. You may wonder, what is an occupational therapy assistant and what do they actually do? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the OT field.

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