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Occupational Therapy Assistant

“Skills for the job of living.”

The OTA program has been in existence since 1988 and has maintained accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Students enrolled in this curriculum of study learn to assist in providing occupational therapy to many different individuals with a variety of medical and psychosocial diagnoses. They may also learn to work with toddlers, school age children, and the elderly.


Associate of Applied Science

Occupational Therapy Assistants can provide treatment intervention in:

  • Motor skills to enable someone to perform their self care/personal hygiene
  • Fine motor/hand skills to perform all of the educational activities expected of a school age child or college student
  • Skills to enable someone to live independently (e.g. cooking, cleaning, paying bills, shopping)
  • Home modification to support someone “aging in place.”
  • Provision of adaptive equipment/construction of splints to facilitate independence
  • Skills required to engage in productive occupations

Graduates of this program can work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Community based health care centers
  • Nursing facilities
  • School systems
  • Inpatient/Outpatient mental health programs
  • Rehabilitation centers


This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

This program has been granted re-accreditation through the year 2023/2024.

Year entered # admitted into
OTA Program
# who graduated within
2-3 years of starting
Graduation rates
(year graduated) 
2015 33 31*
94% (2017)*
2016 32 28
88% (2018)
2017 35 32
91% (2019)
2018 35 28** 80% (2020)
2019 37 30** 81% (2021)
Total 172 149 87% overall graduation 
* December 2017                              ** Delayed graduation due to COVID-19

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