Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The OTA Program is now offered in a hybrid format!

Application deadline - April 15

The OTC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). You can find information about ACOTE by clicking on the ACOTE link or by going directly to www.acoteonline.org. 

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) assist clients of all ages return to their daily activities by using meaningful, occupation-based activities to improve health and wellness. An OTA may act as an educator, an advocate, a coach, an inventor, or a motivator. OTAs are employed by hospitals, long-term care facilities, school systems, or community agencies. The OTC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to prepare students for generalized practice, under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for OTAs is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations.

The OTC Occupational Therapy Assistant program will prepare the students to:

  • apply specific assessment and treatment procedures used in the occupation therapy
  • understand common clinical conditions seen in therapy
  • analyze activities and create adaptations to encourage participation in life skills
  • display group dynamics and role responsibilities of a registered and certified occupational therapy assistant

All applicants are encouraged to attend an OTA Program Informational Session to learn what is required prior to and during the application process. OTA program informational sessions are offered monthly throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students who attend one group informational session per admission cycle will receive additional points toward their application.  Students encouraged to RSVP for group informational sessions by contacting Becky Jenkins at jenkinsr@otc.edu prior to the session. 

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to Becky Jenkins at jenkinsr@otc.edu or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.



Certification Exam Rates

Certification exam rates for this program can be found on the NBCOT School Performance Data website at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Occupational Therapy Assistant - Required Courses

Admission Information

Estimated Program Costs

Occupational Therapy Assistant FAQs

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Faculty

External Links