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Occupational Therapy Assistant

10-514-1 Associate Degree (two-year)
Campus Ashland, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*
*via ITV (Interactive Television)

Competence. Attitude. Life Skills.

This associate degree program prepares the student to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), or for employment in related jobs. In the traditional setting, the COTA provides services under the supervision of an occupational therapist using goal-directed activities to prevent, lessen, or overcome difficulty in attaining, maintaining, or developing occupations: daily living skills, play, leisure, and/or work skills. Services are provided in various environments including hospitals, geriatric centers, schools, homes, and communities.

Admission Requirements

Students in this program must:

Program-Specific Requirements

Students in this program must:

Empathetic. Flexible. Personable.

Students should strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:

Student Profile

Occupational Therapy Assistant students should:

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect graduates of the program to be able to:

Program Costs

The estimated total program cost for the two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant program is approximately $9,500. This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.

Accredited. Reputable. Nationally Recognized.

The Occupational Therapy Assistance program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone 301-652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.