Occupational Therapy Assistant

Contact Us

Downtown Campus

Jason Carroll
Career Advisor 
253.680.7008

Denise Tremblay
Program Director
253.680.7108

Aimee Sidhu 
Instructor 
253.680.7287

Phyllis Lang 
Instructor (part time)
253.680.7278

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.

Learn more about the profession:
About the OT profession

The 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.

Learn more about the specifics of the OTA program:
About the OTA program

Enrollment for Spring Quarter 2015

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, JULY 25, 2014.

Download Application

Selections are made on a first-come, first-serve basis once the following requirements are met:

  • Earned a grade of 3.0 or better in the OTA foundation courses and have approval of official transcripts if transferring credits from another college or applicant has earned a grade of 3.0 or better in the first quarter of OTA foundation courses if applying for conditional enrollment
  • Provided documentation of at least 15 hours of either work, volunteer, or job shadow experience in an occupational therapy setting
  • Provided a letter of recommendation 
  • Provided a written essay about OT which meets the criteria in the writing prompt

Once applicant is approved for entry to the OTA Program, students will be required to: 

  • Provide documented evidence of current immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) testing
  • Provide documented evidence of medical and dental health clearance
  • Provide documented evidence of personal health insurance
  • Provide documented evidence of clinical liability insurance coverage
  • Pass a national criminal background check

Information Session

Learn more about the program, how to enroll, financial aid, and more at the mandatory Information Session, the first and third Thursday at 2 p.m. in Building A, Room M218. Following the Information Session is an OTA overview session in Building C, Room 203. If you can't stay for the OTA Overview Session, please contact the OTA program director to reschedule.

Through an opportunity grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program. Contact Ramon Burton, 253.680.7544, for more information.

Program Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bates is accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)  Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education  of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is 301.652.2682. Their website is http://www.acoteonline.org.  The program received a 5-year reaccreditation in 2012.  It is scheduled to be reaccredited in 2017.

Our graduates are 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 individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).

In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certificate Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Results of the National Board For Certification In Occupational Therapy

Passing Rates on the National Board Certification Exam for Bates OTA
 
  YEAR
Number of program graduates Number of first-time test takers of exam Number of first-time test takers to pass the exam Percentage of first-time test takers to pass the exam
2012

15

14

14

100%

2013

16

14

14

100%

2014

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     *Data not available yet

View certification exam pass rates of all OTA programs at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

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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