Online Occupational Therapy Aide Course

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Occupational Therapy Aide Program Overview

Enrol in ICS Canada’s online Occupational Therapy Aide Career Diploma program and complete your training in as little as six months. Occupational Therapy Aides are in high demand. In fact, this is one of the fastest growing occupations, with jobs expected to increase at a higher-than-average rate in the coming years!¹ Occupational therapy aides help patients improve their movement and ability to perform everyday tasks, as well as assist occupational therapists and other personnel with office procedures.

As part of our Occupational Therapy Aide Program, you will receive resources such as the Wisc-Online® Medical Terminology Jukebox. Plus, this program includes a Work Experience Option, which allows you to gain field experience relative to your program and career goals.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The program goal for the 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.

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Brief history of occupational therapy; settings in which OT is practiced: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, etc.; categories of OT personnel; educational requirements; members of the patient-care interdisciplinary team.

The Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide

Definition of OT aide's role; education and training; job responsibilities; unskilled and skilled tasks, including clerical, inventory, treatment setup, direct patient care, therapeutic activities; supervision of the OT aide; OT Code of Ethics.

Instruction Set 2

The Occupational Therapy Aide

Definition of OT aide’s role; education and training; job responsibilities; unskilled and skilled tasks, including clerical, inventory, treatment setup, direct patient care, therapeutic activities; supervision of the OT aide; OT Code of Ethics.

Introduction to Medical Terminology

Definitions; anatomical positioning, directional terms, body regions; therapeutic terminology; common abbreviations; the musculoskeletal system.

Body Systems Terminology

Nervous, circulatory, and respiratory terminology.

Instruction Set 3

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Definition of ADL; self-care activities; homemaking activities; leisure activities; work activities, including on-site job evaluations; community re-entry activities; patient transfer techniques; driving; home safety.

Adaptive Equipment

Wheelchair components and care; ambulation devices; bathroom equipment; dressing equipment; feeding equipment; grooming equipment; transfer equipment; OT aide's role in assisting with or modifying adaptive equipment.

Instruction Set 4

Therapeutic Treatment

Aide's role in assisting with therapeutic treatment, including psychosocial skills; group interaction skills; cognitive, perceptual and sensory stimulation activities; fine and gross motor activities; range of motion and strengthening activities; aide's role in diagnostic-related activities.

Customer Service

The patient relationship; patient rights; confidentiality; telephone and interpersonal skills; interacting with patients; problem solving and conflict resolution.

Workplace Health and Safety

Patient safety, including standard first aid, CPR, recognizing patient distress; personal safety, including wellness and proper body mechanics; environmental safety, including infection control, universal precautions; fire/disaster procedures.

Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later (Mac OS X® or later) and high-speed Internet to complete your program with ICS Canada.

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Sample Lesson

To view an Occupational Therapy Aide sample lesson, click here.

Occupational Therapy Aide Course Details

In the ICS Canada Occupational Therapy Aide program, you’ll cover topics such as:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) therapy and adaptive equipment
  • Therapeutic treatment
  • Medical and body systems terminology
  • Communicating effectively with patients, the rehabilitative team, and other personnel
Online occupational therapy aide program

Occupational therapy aides can work for schools, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and in sports medicine. Here are a few qualities that effective occupational therapy aides have in common:

  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and a good communicator.
  • Patient: Helping others recover from injuries is a step-by-step process that can take time.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is there an opportunity to get hands-on training as part of the Occupational Therapy Aide Career Diploma Program?

Yes, this program includes an optional independent work experience component that can be used to help you find a position as a trainee in a medical facility.

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¹ According to the Job Bank (2014-2016), occupational demand is better than average in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. These statistics are not a guarantee of post-graduation salary or job outlook because these statistics are general averages, and don’t take into account other employment factors and can vary by specific geographic location.

² Prospective students should note that requirements for entry level positions as an occupational therapy aide vary from province to province. In light of this fact, ICS urges a prospective student to contact their provincial authority, prior to enrolling, so as to determine the requirements for an entry level position as an occupational therapy aide, and how the ICS Occupational Therapy Aide program can help you meet those requirements.