Are you a certified occupational therapist assistant? Ready to upgrade your career from OTA to OT, leave behind the assistant title, and become a full-time therapist? 

Starting out as an assistant is a great way to get into the occupational therapy field quickly, but it’s a position that doesn’t always come with a lot of opportunity for career growth. If you’re an assistant who loves the occupational therapy field but questions where to go next, making the move from OTA to OT might be the perfect fit for you.  

Considering the Move from OTA to OT

While some enjoy the freedom and lighter responsibility load that come with being an assistant, others crave more control. Perhaps you find yourself eager to lend more personal insight and direction to the patients and cases you encounter. Or maybe you already know that you’d prefer to have your own practice over being someone’s assistant. Whether you’ve been practicing for a few years or a few decades, you can get the freedom, private practice, and control you want by investing in additional education to obtain your master’s degree. 

Returning to school for your master’s degree in occupational therapy will give you benefits that last a lifetime, including:

  • The ability to own and open your practice 
  • Full control over patient cases without deferring to an overseeing OT
  • A significant increase in pay, according to U.S. News.  The Median salary of an occupational therapy assistant is $59,310 as compared to the median salary of an occupational therapist which is $83,200.

Here at Concordia, we’re excited about providing practicing occupational therapy assistants with access to these benefits through our accredited, engaging, and challenging master of occupational therapy (MOT) program

Highlights of the Program

The bridge format of our MOT program is specifically designed for certified occupational therapy assistants like you who have at least one year of experience to save you both time and money. Applicants with an associate degree can earn a bachelor of science in rehabilitation science (BSRS) and a master of occupational therapy (MOT) degrees in four years. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree can earn an MOT degree in approximately three years.

Accredited by the ACOTE, our bridge format is primarily offered online with on-campus time one weekend a month once you enter master’s level coursework. As you engage in curriculum focus areas ranging from orthopedic, neurological, and pediatric rehabilitation to the psychosocial aspects of wellness, you’ll get to apply your classroom knowledge in the real world through extensive fieldwork. 

Here are a few more specific highlights that you’d gain from our program:

  • Emphasized learning through hands-on application from the beginning of the program
  • Learning in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Opportunities to enhance your education through global trips to Nepal and Nicaragua 
  • Fieldwork experiences that are paired with courses
  • Active community partnerships with local non-profit organizations and health care providers
  • Student and professional organizations 
  • Faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Interprofessional education (IPE) events encourage students to work through real-world scenarios with a diverse team of future health professionals

Beyond the academic rigor and professional development that our program offers, what truly sets apart our program from others is our Lutheran Christian worldview. Everything from classroom lectures to lab work is filtered through this lens to equip you to enter the workplace as a caring certified occupational therapist able to truly care for patients in both body and spirit. 

If moving from an OTA to an OT is a career jump that you’ve considered before, we invite you to apply to our program. To get started, explore our application requirements to learn more about our process.

This post was originally posted on August 29, 2019. It has been updated to reflect current information. 

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