OT vs OTA : – Roles and Pay difference
Occupational therapy (OT) and Occupational therapy Assistant (OTA) directly deals with patients and their caretaker. OT and OTA, both provide safety instruction and therapy intervention. Many times patient or his/her caretaker ask, “what is OT?” or “what is OTA?” and “What is the difference between OT and OTA?”
Many times students who want to perceive a career in occupational therapy domain, search for the term “OT vs OTA” for better understanding and the difference between them.
Here, we are trying to explain the relationship between the Occupational therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant.
OT vs OTA : Legal and Professional difference –
1. The basic difference is the educational level, to become an occupational therapist, one should have a master degree in occupational therapy or OTD (New entry level program) and after passing the licensure examination, one can practice as an Occupational Therapist (OT). While the entry level criteria for Occupational therapy Assistant is an Associate degree (2 years) after schooling, no bachelor degree requires. But, OTA also has to clear the licensure examination.
2. As there is a difference in educational level, so the cost of education is. The total cost of OT degree would be around 80,000 to 100,000 USD, while for OTA the costing is less around 10,000 to 20,000 USD.
3. The Difference in the responsibility – OT has to first evaluate the patient and set the goal. He/she will be fully responsible for goal setting and intervention planning. Along with these, he/she has to fill up the daily notes, progress notes, and discharge card. While, OTA has to follow the treatment and goal plans set by an OT. After treatment, OTA has to take sign from the OT.
4. The Difference in the salary – Average salary for the entry level OT would be around $60-70,000 and the average salary for the entry level OTA would be around $40-50,000.