Post # 1
Good Morning bees! 🙂
I’m currently enrolled at a Health Sciences college and fulfilling my pre reqs for the Radiography program. While I’ve been here though, my mind has wandered toward OT. My school offers an AS in OTA, which is also what I was going to do for Rad Tech. (2 year program)
I don’t need the pre reqs I’ve done thus far for OTA, but I can apply for the program next month with the gen eds I already have. I’m pretty torn. Are there any OTA or OTs out there? How do like your job, and what is the schedule like? Any info from bees in that field would be greatly appreciated !
Post # 3
Interested in this as well… 🙂
Post # 5
I’m an OT student, just finishing up my first Level II fieldwork (aka internship)! I think occupational therapy is a great profession; there are so many different things you can do in this field! I love that I have the opportunity to work with any population of people (literally, from birth until end of life; in their homes, in schools, in hospitals, in community centers – the list goes on!). I am currently working at a subacute rehab center and the hours are typically pretty stable, from about 8-430ish.
I considered going to school for OTA but ultimately decided on the OT degree. Of course, there is always the option to get your OTA and you can always pursue your master’s in the future, or work while you are going to school. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions, or you can always PM me! 🙂
Post # 6
I am an OT and it is a really great job. I work in the community seeing seniors and adults with disabilities through home care in their residences.
One of the best parts is that OTs can do everything. Adults, geriatrics, kids, infants, physical health, mental health, emotional health, working on productive activities, daily living tasks, and leisure pursuits.
it also always feels good to help other people.
I personally wouldn’t want to be an OTA because I like to be the one to make the plans for client care, not just to carry them out. But it is a lot of schooling to be an OT where I am (6 years, 4 yrs undergrad and then 2 year masters program). OTA is very rewarding and you will have less paperwork and planning and more hands on with the clients.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
Post # 7
I’m not, but my mom is a COTA! She’s done it for years and has done all sorts of different things–worked in a clinical setting, worked at a preschool, coordinated activities and volunteers at a nursing home, ran activities for an alzheimer’s day care center, and just got a new job leading activities for people with mental and behavioral issues.
Obviously her interest has been in activities, but there are a lot of different routes you can take. She likes it a lot–most of her jobs have been very active and with relatively little stress after hours. Usually she ends her day at 4:30 or 5:00 and doesn’t need to stress about it when she’s away.
Post # 8
I just saw these replies! Thank you ladies, I really enjoyed reading your feedback and I am getting even more excited about the profession! 🙂