Occupational Therapy Assistant
70 Credits | 2 Years
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*
*via ITV (Interactive Television) instruction
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Occupational therapy assistants help people participate in things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy is both an art and a science. Being an occupational therapy assistant allows you to “think outside the box” while applying science in order to best meet the needs of clients.
Occupational therapy assistants work with individuals of all ages, from the first day to last day of life. We work with those who are recovering from disability and disease, those who are working to overcome mental health challenges, and those who need support with healthy living and lifestyle changes.
In traditional settings, occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of the registered occupational therapist to provide hands-on services. Some settings allow for more creativity than others but all settings require an occupational therapy assistant to use individualized approaches to help clients perform their daily occupations.
Occupational therapy assistants can work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, psychiatric facilities, day treatment, geriatric settings, community based practice and private practice.
Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Practice within the distinct role and responsibility of the occupational therapy assistant
- Serve a diverse population in a variety of systems that are consistent with entry-level practice
- Value lifelong learning and the need to keep current with best practice
- Apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes
- Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession
- Advocate for the profession, services, and consumers
The OTA classes are very relevant to industry and instructors come with years of experience in the field. Students gain practical information and see the full scope of occupational therapy.
Learn by doing.
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work with individuals whose ability to participate in everyday activities is complicated by developmental disability, physical and/or emotional illness, injury or aging.
100% Pass Rates
The OTA Program has a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam in 2017.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
In the 4th semester of the OTA program, students complete fieldwork in the community. Students complete full time fieldwork working directly with an occupational therapy practitioner to apply occupation based intervention to clients.
The OTA program uses technology to connect Ashland, New Richmond and Rice Lake to experienced instructors for theoretical coursework. Each location has expert instructors for in-person, hands-on lab experiences.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
Occupational Therapy Assistant
70 Credits | 2 Years
$2,234 for books (including tax)
$65 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant 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. ACOTE's telephone phone number C/O AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and it's web address is
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.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.