Prepare for a Career in Occupational Therapy

Develop the skills and knowledge to become an occupational therapist aide with Penn Foster Career School’s Occupational Therapy Aide program. Take classes in medical terminology, therapeutic treatment, and customer service at home and at a pace that’s right for you.

Why become an Occupational Therapy Aide?

Occupational Therapy Aide jobs are expected to grow significantly in coming years. Occupational therapy aides help patients improve their movement and ability to perform everyday tasks, as well as assist therapists and other personnel with office procedures. The median annual occupational therapy aide salary is $29,230.¹
Therapy Aide helping an elderly man

Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge to help you prepare for a career as an Occupational Therapist Aide.​
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real time with other Occupational Therapist Aide students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Occupational Therapy Aide Program Course Details

Through Penn Foster Career School’s online occupational therapy aide courses you'll learn Activities of Daily Living (ADL) therapy and adaptive equipment, medical and body systems terminology, therapeutic treatment, and how to communicate effectively with patients, the rehabilitative team, and other personnel. You'll even have the opportunity to take an optional work experience component that can be used to help you find a position as a trainee in a medical facility. Also as part of our Occupational Therapy Aide Program, you will receive resources such as the Wisc-Online® Medical Terminology Jukebox.
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Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.


With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Occupational Therapy Aide training online today.
Joining Penn Foster is the best choice anyone can make. They are so understanding. They are very helpful and they push you too reach your goals.
Maria G.
Penn Foster Graduate
Occupational Therapy Aide woman

What does an Occupational Therapy Aide do?

Occupational Therapy aides are skilled healthcare workers who are important parts of the rehabilitative team. An occupational therapy aide administers treatments to patients, performs administrative duties, and helps the facility run smoothly and efficiently.
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Get started today on your path towards helping others as a Occupational Therapy Aide with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides, on the Internet here (visited June 21, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.