Prepare for a new career sooner than you think
Wouldn't it be great to make a real difference in the lives of others through your career? Occupational Therapy Assistants, collaborating with an occupational therapist help patients with mental, physical and emotional disabilities to maximize their daily lives through therapeutic intervention.
Help People Learn 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 81.5-months of study.
- Available at our Memphis campus location.
Memphis Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program Overview
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.
- 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
As an OTA, you can find career and personal fulfilment helping a patient who has lost a limb to learn how to dress and eat again, or support children with neurological disorders succeed in school, or assist a stroke survivor regain independence at home.
If you're ready to learn more, schedule a tour of the Concorde Memphis campus today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for occupational therapy assistants and aides 2022-2032 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.
Memphis Occupational Therapy Assistant 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 including schools, clinics, hospitals, home health care, correctional facilities and more.
- Occupational Analysis & Therapeutic Media
- Applied Kinesiology for OTAs
- Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
- Human Growth & Development
- Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree 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.
- 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
Full course list available in Campus Catalog.
Students will complete on-campus labs including simulations and patient care settings.
Professional Certification for Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduates
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.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Certification Exam and Preparation Cost
The cost for your National Occupational Therapy Assistant certification exam as well as pre-certification exam prep coursework is covered by Concorde. Tuition fee for the program of study includes the cost for an eligible graduate's first attempt to sit for professional certification.
Concorde expects all students to complete pre-certification exam prep training through the campus resources at no additional cost to the student. Exam prep does not guarantee outcomes.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 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.
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..
Where Can an Occupational Therapy 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.
Address and Hours
5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 132
Memphis, Tennessee 38137
FX: (901) 761-3293
Campus Hours of Operation
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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 program and other Memphis programs.
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 https://acoteonline.org/. ACOTE’s email is email@example.com