Occupational Therapy Aide
Penn Foster

Program Details

Through Penn Foster, students are able to earn a diploma by completing the Occupational Therapy Aide program. Students are expected to obtain a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for this program.

Students receive a brief history of occupational therapy and are study the categories of OT personnel. Students are taught clerical, inventory, and treatment setup, therapeutic activities, and direct patient care. Students study anatomical positioning, body regions, therapeutic terminology, and directional terms. In Activities of Daily Living, students learn activities including leisure, work, self-care, and homemaking. Students are taught patient transfer techniques and home safety. Students learn how to care for patients needing wheelchair assistance, and bathroom, dressing, feeding, or grooming equipment.

Students are taught the occupational therapist’s role in assisting with the use of equipment and therapeutic treatment. Therapeutic treatment can include interaction, fine and gross motor activities, perceptual and sensory stimulation, and strengthening activities. Students in the program learn problem solving and conflict resolution through interacting with patients. The students learn CPR and standard first aid, as well as infection control and recognizing patient distress.

If students are interested in applying for Penn Foster’s Occupational Therapy Aide program, they may fill out an online application found on the Penn Foster website.


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.