Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) are in high demand nationwide in school-based settings. As a COTA in a school-based setting you collaborate with Occupational Therapists, parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child’s special education program. You are making a difference every day in a child’s life and impacting them in rewarding ways that will stay with both you and them for a lifetime. As a Cross Country Education Occupational Therapy Assistant, you can perform the job that you love in exciting destinations you’ve always wanted to visit. From the tropics of South Florida and California to the bustling metropolitan areas in the Northeast and every area in between — we have traveling OTA jobs across the country. There’s an open road waiting for you to explore.

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What Does a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Do?

As an occupational therapy assistant in a school-based setting, you are directly involved in the evaluation, intervention and assessment of outcomes for students with special education needs. You collaborate with occupational therapists, parents, teachers and other educational staff to design and carry out school-based activity plans for students that improve, develop or restore functions that have been impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation. You are improving the student’s ability to perform tasks and prevent further impairment through early intervention. Our students and the education community need you.

Most occupational therapy assistants work full-time and may work during evenings or on weekends to accommodate student’s schedules. At Cross Country Education, we continually receive new OT and COTA jobs.

What is the Salary of an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)?

An Occupational Therapy Assistant salary varies according to facility, location, qualifications, and experience. The median occupational therapy assistant for COTAs was $60,220 in 2018, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $39,620 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $80,980 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certified occupational therapy assistants’ reflects the salary range of permanent COTAs.

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Newly emerging areas of practice in occupational therapy related to the needs of an aging population are increasing the demand for OTAs and travel OTA services.

How to Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

As an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education has a list of programs for OTAs . OTA programs generally require two years of full-time study. They include classroom instruction in subjects such as psychology, biology, and pediatric health. Occupational therapy assistants also must complete at least 16 weeks of fieldwork as part of their education to gain hands-on work experience.

Upon graduation from an accredited OTA program, you may then take the national exam to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Further, you may need licensure in the states in which you wish to practice. At that point, you’ll be ready to find your ideal traveling COTA job.

Find Your Ideal Traveling OTA Job

Being part of a sought-after field like occupational therapy gives you unlimited options as to where you can take your skills. You have the opportunity to travel to cities and towns that most people will never get to experience. The talented recruiters at Cross Country Education will get to know you and help you find the ideal assignment that meets all of your expectations.

Let Cross Country Education help you meet your goals as an occupational therapy assistant. Search our COTA jobs and apply online!

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