Empowered for life

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Help patients live a full and successful life.

#1
 best health care support job

Sometimes people face obstacles that challenge their ability to do everyday tasks—cooking a meal, dressing or even work, play or leisure activities—due to a physical injury, cognitive disability or illness.

Occupational therapy assistants partner with occupational therapists to help patients meet their goals and return to independence.

Occupational therapy practitioners approach care in a holistic way—restoring, compensating or adapting activities or the environment to fit the abilities of the patient and designing interventions to help a patient have a full and successful life.

If you love helping people in creative ways, want a great start salary and one of the fastest growing jobs in America—occupational therapy assistant may be the perfect fit for you.

Why become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

  • It is one of the fastest growing jobs in the country growing by 28 percent over the next 10 years.
  • A chance to work in many different settings including home health, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and more.
  • A fulfilling career with excellent starting pay and job growth.

At age 16, a serious concussion left me unable to drive, play basketball or comprehend my reading assignments. I worked with occupational therapists several times a week for almost a year to correct my vision and depth perception. Ten years later I have found a new normal for my life. Thanks to my occupational therapy, I am also able to pursue my own career in health care at Union.

Sarah Nelson
Union College student.
photo Sarah Nelson

A rewarding career with great pay.

#11
fastest growing job in the U.S.

At Union College, we believe human beings are created in the image of God to live happy and fulfilling lives. That's why we teach our students to treat every patient as more than a case to be solved, but as a unique individual with their own set of beliefs, emotions, desires and struggles.

Through extensive hands-on experience and rigorous coursework, we equip each graduate with the right tools—not only to help patients meet their occupational goals, but also to look beyond limitations and become the person God created them to be.

Why study at Union College?

  • We employ a wide variety of teaching styles to match different learning styles
  • A combination of physical classroom instructions and online learning allow our students to self-pace their learning experience.
  • We employ configurable labs that simulate real-world environments and give our students the opportunity to practice skills before trying them on real patients.
  • All OTA students will be involved in an integrated service project that spans all four semesters and provides practical experience in the community.

Majors and minors

Union College offers an associates degree for occupational therapy assistant. - Guide PDF

You can enter our 16 month OTA program directly if you have completed the prerequisite courses, or you can enroll in our two year program if you don't have college credit.

That means you can be out changing lives and earning real money in just two years.

Career options

Occupational therapy assistant

Help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

Job outlook
28% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$56,000

Occupational therapist

Treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Job outlook
24% (much faster than average)

Median pay
$83,000

Physical therapist

Help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain.

Job outlook
28% (much faster than average)

Median pay
$86,000