Occupational Therapy Aide

Program Outline

Enroll in Penn Foster Career School's Online Occupational Therapy Aide program and complete your training in as little as one month. 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.

Here's how it works
You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal
The program goal for Penn Foster's Occupational Therapy Aide program is to develop the skills and knowledge to obtain an entry-level position as a professional occupational therapy aide.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Identify typical personal qualities held by successful occupational therapy aides, including empathy, knowledge of good customer service, and effective communication.
  • Identify typical professional responsibilities of occupational therapy aides, including assisting with activities of daily living, administrative duties, inventory control, and telephone etiquette.
  • Use appropriate medical terminology related to the body in order to communicate accurately with clients and supervisors.
  • Show understanding of the importance of a safe health care environment, including potential hazards and fall prevention, and the aide's role in maintaining a clean, safe workplace.



Introduction to Occupational Therapy
In this course, you'll learn what the practice of occupational therapy is all about.


  • Explore the history of physical therapy.
  • Understand the roles of the members of a rehabilitation team.

The Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide
Occupational therapy aides are skilled health-care workers who are important parts of the rehabilitative team.


  • Understand the role of the occupational therapy aide, which includes administering treatments to patients, performing administrative duties, and helping the facility run smoothly and efficiently.

Introduction to Medical Terminology
Become familiar with the medical terms that you will hear on a daily basis in your new career.


  • Expand your understanding of medical terminology to include the anatomy, pathology, procedures, and abbreviations associated with the nervous, sensory, circulatory, and respiratory systems.

Body Systems Terminology
A body system is composed of organs that are designed to work together so that a particular function - such as breathing - can be performed.


  • Understand terminology associated with musculoskeletal, nervous, sensory, circulatory, and respiratory systems.

Additional Unit Materials
Online Resources: Access to MedlinePlus/Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, mobile apps, Wisc-Online® Medical Terminology Jukebox, and abbreviations guides

Activities of Daily Living
Injury, disease, and illness can affect our ability to perform many of the activities we take for granted. The goal of occupational therapy is to enable the patient to perform these daily activities, called activities of daily living, at the highest level of independence possible.


  • Determine which activities a patient needs or wants to participate in.
  • Understand how every human being develops over a lifetime - and how an injury, disability, or disease can affect normal development.

Adaptive Equipment
Adaptive equipment is the term used for the devices an ill or injured person uses to help achieve functional independence.


  • Identify and utilize some of the most common adaptive equipment used in occupational.
  • Understand how adaptive equipment can help patients to become more independent.

Clinical Work Experience Option
This program includes an optional work experience component. Looking to your future, we're providing you with this Work Experience Option Supplement that can be used to help you find a position as a trainee in a medical facility.

Therapeutic Treatment
Learn about many of the common therapeutic treatments used in occupational therapy.


  • Describe the role that you'll play in treatments designed for patients with many different kinds of injuries and diseases.

Customer Service
Rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers of therapy have cut costs by hiring aides to assist therapists in the delivery of care to patients.


  • Understand an aide's role as a customer service provider and how to provide high-quality care.
  • Describe and apply important customer service skills.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

Note: A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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