Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate Degree

70 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake* 

*via ITV (Interactive Television) instruction

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

This program will be modified for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about the new curriculum, please contact an Admissions Advisor.


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.  

Program Overview

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. 

Program Outcomes

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
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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. 

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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. 

In-Demand Career

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.  

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

| 2 CR
Explores technologies that support delivery of OT services. Emphasis on competency related to computer skills, ergonomics, adaptive devices, and environments. PREREQUISITES: 10514171 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, 10514172 Medical and Psychosocial Conditions, 10514173 Activity Analysis and Applications, and 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology and COREQUISITES: 10514174 OT Performance Skills, 10514175 Psychosocial Practice, 10514176 OT Theory and Practice, and 10514178 Geriatric Practice.
| 3 CR
Explores interventions relative to major physical disability diagnoses seen in OT practice. Evaluation, treatment interventions, and documentation are emphasized relative to the biomechanical, neurodevelopmental, and rehabilitative approaches to practice. PREREQUISITES:10514174 OT Performance Skills, 10514175 Psychosocial Practice, 10514176 OT Theory and Practice, 10514177 Assistive Technology and Adaptations, and 10514178 Geriatric Practice and COREQUISITES: 10514179 Community Practice, 10514183 Pediatric Practice, and 10514184 OTA Fieldwork I.
| 3 CR
Introduces medical and psychosocial conditions as they relate to occupational therapy practice. Topics include etiology, symptomology, treatment, and contraindications. PREREQUISITE: Admission to OTA program and COREQUISITES: 10514171 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, 10514173 Activity Analysis and Appl, and 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology.

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

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*

Occupational Therapy Assistant

70 Credits | 2 Years


$2,260 for books (including tax)

*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.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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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.


Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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