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Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science)

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 21 months*

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work with Occupational Therapists to help patients with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses work in recovering and improving skills for daily living. During your job, you will develop and execute treatment plans for all ages of patients. This can include teaching proper movements, providing advice on the best ways to stretch for proper recovery, record progress, and giving feedback to the OT.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate Of Applied Science) Mission StatementThe Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program provides students with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and professional attributes graduates need to practice as entry-level occupational therapy assistants in settings where occupational therapy is currently established and where it is emerging as a service. Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates from an educational program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)* of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) OTA Certification Examination.

Learning Objectives / Instructional OutcomesOur Occupational Therapy Assistant classes cover general education requirements to become an OTA. These classes include mathematics, written, verbal, and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives include performing holistic therapeutic interventions to address the physical and mental rehabilitation of the whole person; completing selected components of data collection and assessment of the patients’/clients’ daily occupations as well as their safety and response to the intervention; participating with the Occupational Therapist in providing physical and psychosocial support for patients/clients and their families and caregivers with recognition of individual, cultural, and economic differences; and communicating, educating and interacting cooperatively with other healthcare providers.

*Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE): 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; ACOTE c/o AOTA: 301-652-AOTA;; email:

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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.

Classroom-to-career skills training

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

Getting Certified

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®).

After 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.

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Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Occupational therapy assistant jobs are projected to grow at a higher-than-average rate of 32 percent. This field is forecast to continue its growth because this kind of therapy continues to be critical for an increasing number of persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions. Find out more about what a career in occupational therapy looks like.

*Source: 2019-2029

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

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 and Licensure

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-AOTA. Their website is ACOTE’s email is