Between 2016 and 2026, the demand for occupational therapy assistants is predicted to grow 29%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s 22% higher than the average 7% predicted across all occupations. To help meet this demand in Tennessee, South College is introducing a 2-year Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at our Nashville campus.
About Occupational Therapy Assistant Careers
Occupational therapy is a science-based field that requires creativity and compassion from its practitioners. As an occupational therapist assistant, you’ll work with individuals throughout the lifespan, from newborns to teenagers to elderly adults, helping patients with therapy that allows them to achieve independence and enjoy life to its fullest!
Occupational therapy assistants work with individuals in many settings, including:
- Rehabilitation hospitals
- Acute care hospitals
- Community centers
- Nursing homes
- Outpatient clinics
- Patient homes
In these settings, you’ll have the opportunity to help people with developmental challenges, traumatic injuries, orthopedic injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems learn to live productive, meaningful lives. Each patient will have a unique treatment plan with diverse therapy activities that are creatively customized to meet their needs.
As an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll work under the direction of an occupational therapist to do things like:
- Help and encourage patients to do stretches, exercises, and tasks, providing adaptations as needed
- Lead children in play to promote coordination and socialization
- Teach patients how to complete activities and use special equipment that will improve their daily lives
- Monitor and record patients’ progress
Good communication skills will also be vital for interacting with medical providers, patients, and patients’ families.
About the South College OTA Program
At South College, our Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree program offers a challenging but incredibly rewarding curriculum built to prepare you for your career in occupational therapy.
Through immersive classroom and lab instruction, hands-on learning, and clinical fieldwork, you’ll learn the skills required to work in tandem with an occupational therapist to help patients overcome difficulties and live a healthier, fuller life. Your clinical experiences will allow you to both observe and practice with certified healthcare clinicians. Our experienced OTA faculty will also help you to develop your creative problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, and practice of lifelong learning, so that you are ready to respond to the ever-changing healthcare environments and demands of tomorrow.
Upon finishing your occupational therapy assistant degree, you’ll be equipped to apply your clinical reasoning, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to provide meaningful therapeutic strategies for children, adults, and seniors who are living with a wide variety of conditions.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at the South College Nashville campus, request information online or call 629.802.3000 today.