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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 2020-2030 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.

21* Mo

Program Length

34%**

National Employment Demand (2020-2030)

81.5

Credit Hours

360

Lab Hours

760

Clinical Hours

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Curriculum

Concorde helps prepare you to serve as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in a variety of health care settings through a comprehensive foundation of hands-on skills training.


Career Focused Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) program emphasizes:

  • 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

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 or attain state licensure.

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

Program Outcomes

Concorde Miramar Campus OTA Program

 

Career Outlook

The need for occupational therapy assistants nationally is expected to grow over the next decade. 

 
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for physical therapy assistants and aids 2020-2030 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?

Occupational therapy assistants can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Client homes

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.

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

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FAQ

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers related to this campus.

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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.