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.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Cognia and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score