Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Downtown Campus

Jason Carroll
Career Advisor 

Denise Tremblay
Program Director

Aimee Sidhu 

Phyllis Lang 
Instructor (part time)

Location Downtown Campus

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

Occupational Therapy AssistantPlease attend a mandatory information session.

Occupational 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.

Note: 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.

Important Documents

Program Entrance Requirements

To apply for enrollment, applicants must:

  1. Have a high school diploma or a GED, and be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be college-level ready.
  3. Provide documentation of at least 15 hours of either work, volunteer,  or job shadow experience in an occupational therapy setting.
  4. Provide a letter of recommendation from an employer or instructor who has known the applicant at least six months and can attest to the applicant's potential for success in the OT profession and OTA program.

To be approved for program entry, students must:

  1. Have completed the OTA foundation courses with a grade of 3.0 or better.
  2. Provide documented evidence of current immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) testing.
  3. Provide documented evidence of medical and dental health clearance.
  4. Provide documented evidence of personal health insurance.
  5. Provide documented evidence of clinical liability insurance coverage.
  6. Pass a national criminal background  check.

Entry date: Spring quarter

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Associate of Technology Degree: 120 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK                                                               CREDITS
ENGL& 100+ English Composition course 
MATH 100+ Mathematics
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology
BIOL 170 Medical Terminology
BIOL& 175 Survey of A&P

(These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 3.0 before enrolling in the OTA core coursework.) 

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

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bates is accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's telephone number is 301.652.2682.

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.

For the three most recent calendar years (2011, 2012 and 2013) the performance of the graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bates Technical College, on the national certification exam, was as follows:

Results of the National Board For Certification In Occupational Therapy
(NBCOT) Examination for Bates Technical College OTA Program

OTA Program Year

Number of program graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

2010 NA NA NA NA
2011 NA NA NA NA
2012 15 14 14 100
Total 3-Year 15 14 14 100