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Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Applied Science)

Memphis, TN

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.


Help People Learn Skills to Become More Independent

  • Gain skills to help patients with disabilities perform daily functions at home and at work.
  • Learn how to support patients using a variety of techniques in this Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)-accredited program.^
  • Complete your degree in as few as 21-months of study.*
  • Available at our Memphis campus location.

Program Overview

The Primary Duties of an Occupational Therapy Assistant Include:

  • Monitoring patient progress and reporting it to the occupational therapist
  • Helping patients perform therapeutic exercises such as stretching
  • Teaching patients to use adaptive equipment, such as devices that make eating or dressing easier
  • Modeling social skills for young patients with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder
  • Provide encouragement and guidance during therapy sessions

For example, OTAs may help someone who has lost a hand learn to dress and eat again, or support children with neurological disorders in school settings.

In Concorde’s ACOTE-accredited* occupational therapy assistant program, you can gain the skills you need to work under the supervision of an OT and support patients.

The program includes hands-on training and externships, teaching therapeutic exercises, kinesiology, principles for supporting special populations, and more. After graduation, you will be prepared to pursue licensure as an OTA in Tennessee.

 
*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 occupational 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.
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.

21* Mo

Program Length

34%**

National Employment Demand (2020-2030)

81.5

Credit Hours

360

Lab Hours

760

Clinical Hours

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

The OTA Associate of Applied Science degree program equips you to pursue a career as an occupational therapy assistant in as few as 21-months. When you graduate, you’ll be able to serve effectively in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, hospitals, correctional facilities and more.

  • Applied Kinesiology for OTAs
  • Clinical Conditions I and II
  • Fieldwork Level I Clinical
  • Fieldwork Seminar
  • Foundations of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Concepts
  • Occupational Therapy Transition
  • Occupational Therapy in Emerging and Specialty Areas of Practice
  • Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
  • Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction
  • Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
 
*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.
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. 

 

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 Campus OTA Program

Career Outlook

Job opportunities for occupational therapy assistants is forecasted to grow over the next ten years. As populations age and people recover from serious medical procedures associated with disease, there will be a need to help these patients rehabilitate and face the new challenges of day-to-day life. Occupational Therapy Assistants can help address this demand.

34% National Job Growth projected from 2020-2030

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for occupational 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.

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

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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**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.