Occupational Therapy Assistant

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):


Hourly Wage:

$19.31-$36.99 (Mean $27.24)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data for Physical Therapy Assistants

One-page Description (PDF):

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Professional Activities

Occupational therapy assistants and professional occupational therapists are partners in enabling people to do the activities of daily life. Occupational therapy assistants help people with disabilities learn or regain the skills they need to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapy assistants teach and assist patients in developing skills in self care and in creative, recreational, and school or work related activities. They provide treatment and report patient progress and development to the occupational therapist. Occupational therapy assistants also perform tasks such as ordering supplies, preparing and laying out materials, helping to make splints and other corrective devices, and maintaining tools and equipment. Many work with particular age groups or with people who have certain types of disabilities.

Occupational therapy assistants work wherever occupational therapists are employed.

Educational Requirements

Occupational therapy assistants complete two years of training beyond high school.

  • Graduation from high school. Basic courses in English, science, and math are helpful.
  • Completion of a two-year Associate degree program from a university or community college. All occupational therapy assistant programs include at least two months of supervised practical experience.

Academic Programs

There are no occupational therapy assistant programs in Alaska. A list of programs in other states can be found on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website below. (See Education & Careers-Find a School.)


State Contact:

Alaska Occupational Therapy Association
3705 Arctic Blvd., PMB 1616
Anchorage, AK 99503
Email: https://akota.site-ym.com/general/?type=contact
Website: http://www.akota.org

National Contact:

The American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-6611
Email: http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Contact-Us.aspx
Website: http://www.aota.org

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