Occupational therapy assistants help people with disabilities learn techniques to live more independently. The occupational therapy assistant curriculum provides education and experience to individuals interested in this career, who then can offer direct service to individuals through health care facilities and community programs. Course requirements vary somewhat by school, but are generally similar across the board.
A minimum of an associate's degree is required, in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
Most states require graduates of these programs to become certified before employment. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy administers the national certification test.
General education requirements might include psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology and English composition.
Science courses required for the occupational therapy assistant degree include human growth and development, kinesiology, and two semesters of anatomy and physiology.
Occupational Therapy Courses
Prospective occupational therapy assistants also must take courses in occupational performance, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial rehabilitation, disabling conditions, physical disabilities treatment, ageing disabilities and a full semester of clinical practice.