Occupational Therapy Assistant


OTA Program Overview:

Occupational Therapy is concerned with selecting activities for client treatment that promote and maintain health. Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program learn to implement occupation-based interventions utilizing a client-centered approaches to assist clients who suffer from physical or psychological dysfunction. The program teaches concepts and techniques that enable students to interact with clients of all ages using treatment activities that relate to self-care, work, and play or leisure activities. The OTA will be trained to contribute to the occupational therapy process in collaboration with an occupational therapist and work under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Length of the OTA Program:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program consists of two semesters of academic preparation and one semester of full-time fieldwork education leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The OTA curriculum includes a blend of courses Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are completed in community and medical based practice settings.

Work Settings:

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) may provide services in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and long-term care settings, home health agencies, mental health facilities and community-based programs.

Salary and Job Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for OTAs is expected to grow 28% from 2016 to 2026. In 2016 the BLS reported the national average salary for OTAs was $56,070. Salaries vary according to geographic location, practice setting and experience level of the OTA.

Credentialing Requirements:

Occupational therapy assistant students who successfully complete their academic and fieldwork education requirements will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Initial certification is a requirement for OTA licensure in most states.

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and obtain a license to practice. Concerned applicants may request an Early Determination Review by the NBCOT.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is taught from the Downtown Campus.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-2682; www.acoteonline.org. To see college data visit the NBCOT School Data page.


Occupational Therapy Curriculum Guide