Occupational Therapy Assistant

Contact Us

Downtown Campus

Attend a Program Overview Session, 1st Thursday at 2:30 p.m., C203 Downtown Campus

Denise Tremblay
Program Director
253.680.7108

Email: dtremblay@bates.ctc.edu

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor 
253.680.7010

To schedule an advising appointment, please call 253.680.7002.

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Occupational Therapy AssistantOccupational therapy assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide services to persons whose lives have been challenged due to injury, illness, developmental deficits or aging. Occupational therapy assistants view individuals in a holistic manner and help people prevent, lessen or overcome disabilities so they are able to function more independently in every aspect of daily living.

Occupational therapy assistants use therapeutic activities and exercises to improve a client's skills for performing a variety of important everyday tasks safely and independently in their role at work, home, school, and in the community.

Students in this program receive fundamental skills in occupational therapy and extensive clinical training. Successful completion of the program prepares students for careers as occupational therapy assistants in hospitals, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers, assisted living and nursing care facilities, and school systems. 

The Bates Occupational Therapy Assistant Program started spring 2011. This nationally-accredited program takes six quarters to complete and accepts a limited number of applicants every spring quarter, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is full time, 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Downtown Campus. Graduates are prepared as a generalist with highly-developed interpersonal and technical skills and specialized clinical skills that meet the demands of the profession. 

THE OTA PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL FOR SPRING QUARTER 2017.  Learn about enrolling in the OTA program.


Associate of Applied Science Degree: 120 Credits

REQUIRED FOUNDATION COURSEWORK                     CREDITS
ENGL& 100+ English Composition course  
MATH 100+ Mathematics
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology
BIOL 170 Medical Terminology
BIOL& 175 Survey of A&P
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REQUIRED CORE COURSEWORK CREDITS
OTA 102 Health and Wellness and the OTA
OTA 103 Functional Movement
OTA 104 Therapeutic Use of Self
OTA 105 Nervous System Function
OTA 106 Therapeutic Activities and Performance I
OTA 107 Devel. Disabilities-Treatment and Applications
OTA 108 Applied Experience I-A
OTA 109 Adaptive Technologies
OTA 110 Documentation Skills
OTA 111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
OTA 201 Therapeutic Activities and Performance II
OTA 202 Psychosocial Dysfunctions:Treatment & Applications
OTA 203 Applied Experience - I-B
OTA 204 Seminar - Applied Mental Health
OTA 210 Physical Disabilities: Treatment and Applications
OTA 212 Applied Experience - I-C
OTA 213 Seminar - Applied Physical Rehabilitation
OTA 220 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation A
OTA 221 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar A
OTA 222 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation B
OTA 223 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar B
OTA 231 OTA and Special Settings
OTA 232 Professional Issues for the OTA
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Financial Assistance

Through an Opportunity Grant, funding for tuition and books is available to assist low-income adult students entering this progran. Contact Ramon Burton 253.680.7544, for more information. 

To read more about the occupational therapy, click on about the Occupational Therapy profession.