How to Become an Occupational Therapy Aide

How to Become an Occupational Therapy Aide

An occupational therapy aide must typically hold a high school diploma. Most of the training is done on-the-job while working with more experienced aides or occupational therapy assistants.

To increase the potential for finding employment as an occupational therapy aide, previous health care experience, along with CPR and Basic Life Support certifications are helpful.

1. Earn Your High School Diploma or GED

You must complete high school or pass the GED test to qualify to get a occupational therapy aide job.

You also must be at least 18 years old and it would help if you took math and science course throughout high school. It would benefit you to participate in any medical field prep courses (some high schools have LPN coursework classes or something similar) or gain experience working in a hospital.

2. Earn the CPR and Basic Life Support Certification

It would help your job search to become certified in Basic Life Support and CPR. You should do whatever it takes to make yourself valuable to your potential employer.

These classes don't take a ton of time and can really set you apart from your competition.