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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 program learn to implement occupation-based interventions utilizing a client-centered approaches to assist those 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 therapy process in collaboration with a therapist and work under their supervision.

Students are required to attend a pre-admission conference for this program.

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


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. 

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.

How do I apply?

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 conference to obtain an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program application.


Launch Experience


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.


Other Information

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Costs - Associate of Applied Science Degree
Full tuition (Occupational Therapy Assistant and prerequisites): $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 prerequisites, Occupational Therapy Assistant courses and other expenses: $16,464.00
Graduation Rates
Graduation Year Graduation Rate NBCOT Pass Rate
2022 18 students started/18 students graduated  100%  18/18 passed NBCOT exam 100%
2021 18 students started/18 students graduated 100% 12/15 passed NBCOT exam 80%
2020 19 students started/18 students graduated 94% 13/14 passed NBCOT exam 93%

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Program Contact

Pam Smithy, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Coordinator

(502) 213-2342


Program Contact

Caitlin Rothrock, COTA/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

(502) 213-2214