Occupational Therapy Assistant Career Outlook

Percent Employed

88%

Employed

 

WITC Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduate Survey Responses 2016-2017

Employed in Related Field

92%

Employed in a Related Field

 

WITC Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduate Survey Responses 2016-2017

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$37,541 - $45,237

Range of Yearly Salary

 

 

 


Careers

Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational Therapy Assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients; occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

  • Activities Director/Coordinator

  • Case Manager

  • Community Support Worker

  • Life Skills Trainer

  • Mental Health Technician 

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 

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OTA GRADUATION

WITC’s process of graduating the students’ records may take up to 15 business days AFTER graduation to complete. The (OTACPE) Occupational Therapy Assistant Certificate of Professional Education form (Statements of Graduation) will NOT be submitted to the WI Dept. of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) until all campuses report the students’ records have been completed and a report is run to confirm. DSPS requires an additional 15-20 business days to process the forms.

In order to give WITC and DSPS time to process all the paperwork, WITC will only respond to inquiries regarding the process 6 weeks after graduation. Updates will be posted on the web as they occur.

  • STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    • BEFORE GRADUATION

      • 1. Login to your MyWITC portal to indicate your plans to attend the graduation ceremony. Complete the Graduation Information Form (in an email from the Registrar's office) and turn it in to Student Affairs. You will need to complete this form whether or not you plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

      • 2. Ensure all of your WITC accounts are paid and you do not owe money to WITC

      • 3. Ensure your high school transcript is on file with WITC in Student Services

      • 4. Ensure ALL required coursework has been completed with a "C" or better, and/or credit for prior learning has been processed

      • 5. Begin NBCOT application process

      • 6. Begin appropriate state licensure/credentialing process

      • 7. Attend required OT Practice and Management (10-514-185) class on campus in May

    • AFTER GRADUATION

      • Within one (1) month after graduation, request an official transcript be sent to NBCOT which includes the confer date of graduation and degree earned . On the Basic Order Information page, be sure to check Hold for posting of current semester degrees, which means WITC will not release your transcript until your degree has been conferred. If you do not check this box, you will end up requesting & paying for a 2nd transcript to be sent when your degree has been conferred.

        • All transcript requests must be made online and sent directly to NBCOT by WITC:

        • NBCOT
          12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
          Gaithersburg MD 20877-4150

      • Or send it electronically using a secure document transfer program to: transcripts@nbcot.org

      • Three weeks after graduation, please check this page for updated information as to when the OTACPEs were submitted to Wisconsin DSPS.

      • This web page and your student email will be the only notifications you will receive from us.

  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

    • 1. Collect OTACPEs from students and send to Allied Health Technician in Shell Lake

    • 2. Make note of any student who is missing OTACPE and reason

    • 3. Inform students where they can find graduation process and forms on the website

  • ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Allied Health Technician will process, stamp and submit all OTACPEs via email to DSPS. Copies will be kept in Shell Lake for 1 year.

  • NBCOT APPLICATION

    • Link to NBCOT Application & Handbook

      • Complete either the online application or paper application

      • Complete all items as requested

      • Exam Level: CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT COTA

      • U.S. School Code: 15513

      • Spring 2017 Graduation/Confer Date: May 17, 2018 (If graduating other then Spring 2018, the confer date can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyWITC)

      • COTA Credential: Associate Degree

      • Pay applicable fees

      • Upon confirmation of eligibility to examine, the candidate will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) Letter by email. Candidates will be instructed to contact a Prometric Test Center (PTC) to schedule their NBCOT exam.

  • STATE APPLICATION

    • Link to Wisconsin OTA Application

      • School Name: WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE

      • School Address: ASHLAND WI USA (not campus location)

      • Date Diploma Granted: May 17, 2018 (If graduating other then Spring 2018, the confer date can be found by running an unofficial transcript through MyWITC)

      • Degree: ASSOCIATE DEGREE

      • Specialty: Occupational Therapy Assistant

      • Complete remainder of application as applicable

      • Pay applicable fees fees: $150 ($160 if also applying for temporary permit)

      • Date/sign application

  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (STATEMENT OF GRADUATION)

    • Graduating students who want to be certified in Wisconsin should:

Lisa Hall
WITC Administrative Office
505 Pine Ridge Dr
Shell Lake WI 54871

Or Email the form to lisa.hall@witc.edu

Double check all paperwork to ensure accurate information.

If applying via paper, make copies before submitting.

Be sure you have signed/dated all appropriate forms.

 

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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