The occupational therapy specialist, under the direction of a registered military occupational therapist, supervises, tests and assists patients to facilitate maximum recovery. They also treat physical and mental disabilities resulting from illness or trauma, prevent injury, and promote life-style modification to improve fitness.
- Patient care.
- Administers occupational therapy treatment.
- Promote physical fitness.
- Performs interviews, tests, and assists patients in activities of daily living.
- Preparing reports.
Job training for an occupational therapy specialist requires the completion of two phases of training. Phase one is 18 weeks and phase two is 16 weeks. Both phases of training are done at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
- Willingness to help and care for others.
- Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions.
- Interest in biology, general science, and algebra.
- Attention to detail.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With an occupational therapy specialist background, you may consider a career as an occupational therapist, certified occupational therapy assistant, or physical therapy.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program:
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.