What is the Difference Between OTA and OT Aide?

Are you starting to research the occupational therapy assistant career field and are a bit confused about some of the job roles available? Do you want to know the difference between an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide)? Below is a quick rundown of what it takes to become an OTA and what it takes to become an OT Aide.



    • Associates degree required
    • Academic program accredited by AOTA’s ACOTE
    • Completes observation and supervised fieldwork
    • NBCOT COTA certification and licensed
    • Provides treatments to patients under supervision of occupational therapist

OT Aide

    • High school degree required
    • Programs are not accredited by AOTA’s ACOTE
    • Receive their training on the job
    • Not eligible for certification or licensure
    • Provides supportive services to the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant


I hope this quick check list helped you distinguish the difference between an OTA and an OT Aide. Horizon Healthcare Staffing has many available OTA Jobs located in New York