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Occupational Therapy Assistant


Occupational Therapy Assistance

Promote health and healing. In this program, you’ll assist occupational therapists, who help people recovering from illness get back to the everyday tasks of work and life.

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What is Occupational Therapy Assistant?

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 Occupational Therapy Assistant 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.

What are my career choices?

Occupational therapy assistants 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.

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 Occupational Therapy Assistant 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
  • 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
  • North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
  • Phone:  301.652.2682
  • Web:  www.acoteonline.org.

To see college data visit the NBCOT School Data page.

Length of 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 Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum includes a blend of courses Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are completed in community and medical based practice settings.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program information:

Credentialing, Graduation Rates and NBCOT Pass Rates


Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

In addition, most states, including Kentucky, require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Year Entered Graduated Graduation Rate NBCOT Pass Rate
2017 20 19 95% 100%
2018 20 20 100% 89%
2019 20 19 95% 81%

How do I get started?

Enrollment in this program is limited and includes a selective admissions process. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program admits students only one time each year, with a new class beginning each spring. The application deadline is October 1 of the year in which the student intends to apply. Students must attend a pre-admissions meeting to obtain an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program application.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Costs - Associate of Applied Science Degree
Full tuition (Occupational Therapy Assistant and pre-requisites): $12,529.00 - 5 semesters; 67 credits required ($187.00 per credit)
Only the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program: $ 6,545.00 - 3 semesters; 35 credits.
Other expenses required:
  • Books and Labs: $1,500.00 
  • Professional Memberships: $110.00
  • Technology-internet and laptop: $1500.00
  • NBCOT exam: $515.00
  • ID and OTA Shirt: $45.00
  • CPR, Background: $150.00
  • Cap and gown: $50.00
  • Security fee per semester: $40.00
  • Parking pass per semester: $25.00
Total Occupational Therapy Assistant Program only expenses: $10,480.00
Total expenses for pre-requisites, Occupational Therapy Assistant courses and other expenses: $16,464.00


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Program Contact

Pam Smithy, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Coordinator



Lindsey Lawrence, BGS, COTA/L, ROH

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Professor