Occupational Therapy Aide

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Occupational Therapy Aide Program

Start a rewarding career in healthcare with Penn Foster's Occupational Therapy (OT) Aide Program. Learn to assist occupational therapists in helping patients increase their movements, improving their ability to complete daily tasks.

  • Helps prepare you to communicate effectively with patients, the rehabilitative team, and other personnel.
  • Helps to develop the skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Save up to $240 Ends 2/7/2023

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$59/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. The purpose of occupational therapy as well as the administrative and clinical tasks commonly performed by occupational therapy aides.
  2. Medical terminology, what the various body systems are and how they work together in addition to the common disorders associated with each.
  3. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) for each developmental stage and how adaptive equipment can aid these activities.
  4. Different therapeutic treatments and the various methods used in those treatments.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Occupational Therapy Aide Outcomes

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Our online Occupational Therapy Aide Training can help you develop the skills needed to work with occupational therapists and rehabilitative specialists in hospitals, clinics, and home care settings.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Occupational Therapy Aide Curriculum

  • 5 courses
  • 13.4 CEUs
  • 10 exams

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 2 months
  • Average time = 4 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

Penn Foster's accredited Occupational Therapy Aide curriculum helps students learn the essentials needed to pursue entry-level positions as a professional occupational therapy aide. Your online classes include:

  • Medical and Body Systems Terminology
  • Activities of Daily Living and Adaptive Equipment
  • Therapy and Safety Skills
  • Clinical Work Experience Option

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Occupational Therapy Aide Optional Work Experience

Students who wish to apply what they've learned in their online classes to real-world situations can choose to complete a work experience option. This is not required to graduate. Students are responsible for finding their own local work site; Penn Foster does not assist with placement.

Occupational Therapy Aide Student Stories

Penn Foster can help prepare you for a career in occupational therapy on your terms. Graduates have been able to pursue new jobs and promotions. Learn more about how Penn Foster helped them reach their goals.
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Maria G.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2019

"Joining Penn Foster is the best choice anyone can make. They are so understanding. They are very helpful and they push you to reach your goals."

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Occupational Therapy Aide Training Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Occupational Therapy Aide Training Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Enroll anytime
  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Payment plans


  • Live support 
  • Expert instructors
  • Hands-on practice 


  • Active student community
  • Digital Textbooks 
  • Career Support 


  • Career Services
  • Academic Guidance
  • Counseling 

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Occupational Therapy Aide Training FAQs

What does an occupational therapy aide do?

Occupational therapy aides assist occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by performing specific duties relayed to them. This usually consists of routine clerical work, preparation of the clinic area, and supervised client-related tasks.

How much do occupational therapy aides make?

The average yearly salary for an occupational therapy aide in 2021 was $33,560.*

How do I become an occupational therapy aide?

To become an entry-level occupational therapy aide, you must have a minimum of a high school diploma. No certification is required and you will receive on-the-job training, but additional training and education like a career diploma can help give you a competitive edge in this growing job market.

Where can I work as an occupational therapy aide?

Occupational therapy aides traditionally work in healthcare settings like hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation clinics. 


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Occupational Therapy Aides." Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Accessed September 23, 2022.

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.