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Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree Program

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 21 months*

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

Wouldn't it be great to make a real difference in the live of others through your career? Occupational Therapy Assistants, collaborating with an occupational therapist help patients with mental, physical and emotional disabilities maximize their daily lives through therapeutic intervention.


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) help patients with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses work in recovering and improving skills for daily living. As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, you will work with an occupational therapist (OT) in developing and executing treatment plans for patients that can include teaching proper movements, advice on best ways to stretch for proper recovery, record progress, and provide feedback to the OT.


Improve lives through your work

Concorde Career College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree program focuses on getting students the skills they need such as proper anatomical positions, conflict resolution and ethical dispute resolution, basic life support, biomechanics of joint motion, posture and balance and more. Courses for our OTA program are offered at our Miramar and Memphis campus.


Take the Next Step

Have you been searching for Occupational Therapy Assistant programs near you? Look no further. Concorde offers an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program that can give you the skills needed to start a new health care career. Reach out to learn more about course details and requirements to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for physical therapy assistants and aids 2021-2031 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.

20

Months*

25%

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)**

81.5

Credit Hours

360

Lab Hours

760

Clinical Hoursᶛᶛ

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Curriculum

Program Objective

Our associate degree program equips you to pursue a career as an occupational therapy assistant in as few as 20-months.* When you graduate, you’ll be able to serve effectively in a variety of settings  schools, clinics, hospitals, home health care, correctional facilities and more.

OTA Program Coursework

You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience to help you pursue a career as a occupational therapy assistant. Your coursework is intense and challenging; and your instructors, program director and campus staff are dedicated to support you along the way.

OTA Course Topics

  • Anatomical positions
  • Conflict resolution and ethical dispute resolution
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), first aid, infection control and vital signs
  • Biomechanics of joint motion, posture and balance
  • Etiology, clinical process, and prognosis of common diseases and illnesses

81.5

Semester Credits

Coursework Includes:

  • Occupational Analysis & Therapeutic Media
  • Applied Kinesiology for OTAs
  • Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

21.0

Block Credits^

Available to Transfer Students with Degrees in:

  • Kinesiology
  • Athletic Training
  • Health Sciences

Professional Certification

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).

Upon successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification examination.


OTA Program Outcomes

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611. Their website is https://acoteonline.org/. ACOTE’s email is accred@aota.org

ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

^Students who have successfully completed a degree in Kinesiology, Athletic Training, or other Health Sciences area (Associates or higher) may receive a block transfer of seven General Education courses totaling 21 semester credits, upon evaluation of transcript. The block transfer includes the courses: BIOL1310, BIOL1320, ENGL1310, COMM1310, PSYC1310, PSYC1320, MATH1310 (or MATH1320). The remaining credits required to complete the program is 57. Additional courses may be available for transfer based on review of course descriptions from the granting institution.

 

Career Outlook

Occupational Therapy Assistant Career Outlook 

The national demand for occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow over the coming decade. As populations age and patients recover from serious medical procedures as well as greater focus on the impact disease and illness have on cognition and mobility. There will continue to be a need to help these patients rehabilitate and face the new challenges of day-to-day life and occupational therapy assistants can help address this demand.. 

25%
National Job Growth Projected from 2021-2031**

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for physical therapy assistants and aids 2021-2031 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

 

Where Can an Occupational Therapist Assistant Work*

  • Inpatient hospital settings
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Government hospitals
  • Convalescent hospitals

*Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

Current Tuition for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs in:

Accreditation

Miramar and Memphis Campus OTA Program Accreditation

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611. Their website is https://acoteonline.org/. ACOTE’s email is accred@aota.org

ACOTE logo

Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

FAQ

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers.

6 Questions
Concorde's Occupational Therapy Assistant program can be completed in as few as 21 months. Please check with an admissions advisor for additional program length information.
Contact us to find out when the Occupational Therapy Assistant program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.
Occupational therapy assistant employment is projected to grow by 32 percent through 2029 according to BLS.gov. As the need for therapy for those with disabling medical conditions continues to increase, the amount of occupational therapy assistants is expected to continue to grow.
Become an occupational therapy assistant to work with patients, improving their quality of everyday life, like eating, getting dressed, using a computer, or having a conversation. Form relationships with a variety of people. Working as an occupational therapy assistant is highly rewarding to watch your patients as they gain new skills, big and small.
Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.