Occupational Therapy Assistant

Gain the skills of an Occupational Therapy Assistant through a nationally accredited program.

Our nationally accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program provides a comprehensive education for students who want to help people with disabilities remain engaged in occupations that are meaningful to them, such as, dressing, cooking, driving, riding a bus, handwriting and participating in leisure and play activities. OTAs work with clients in a multitude of settings, age ranges and with a variety of diagnoses, both physical and mental. By graduation, our OTA students are confident and well-prepared to provide client-centered, occupation-based best practice to the people we serve.

Contact Information:

Jason Carroll, Career Advisor

253-680-7008

jcarroll@batestech.edu

Downtown Campus

7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Affiliations:

  • The logo for Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

More about the program:

Students can earn their associate of applied science (AAS) in 16 months including 11 months in the classroom and two rotations of fieldwork experiences at a variety of occupational therapy practice settings and community settings. For further detailed information, contact mluthman@batestech.edu or call 253.680.7108.

Accreditation:

  • Access the passing rates on the NBCOT examination of Bates OTA graduates.
  • NBCOT:  One Bank Street Suite 300 | Gaithersburg, MD 20878 | 301-990-7979 | info@nbcot.org
  • Accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA |  www.acoteonline.org​

Degrees & Certificates:

  • Associate of Applied Science: OTA
  • CIP:  51.0803    EPC:  342 

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 6 Quarters

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Marge Luthman, MS, OT/L - OTA Program Director

253.680.7108

mluthman@batestech.edu

Andrew Min, COTA - Primary Instructor

253.680.7287

amin@batestech.edu

Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

  • Description:
    • 6 quarter AAS
    • Maximum class size: 12
    • Student to teacher ratio: 12:1
    • This program offers a combinations of hands-on, hybrid, and online courses. See course descriptions for more information.
    • In this program, students will use a variety of adaptive and therapeutic equipment, assistive devices, and work simulation equipment.
    • Student are responsible for purchasing a textbook, and professional attire to be worn during field work.
    • Upon completion of degree, student will take the NBCOT exam, and pay for their licensure.

    Occupational Therapy requires completing the following courses prior to starting program courses.

    Foundation courses must be a grade of 3.0 or higher before entering core coursework.

    Required Communications

    • English&101 English Composition or above

    Required Natural Sciences:

    • Biology170 Medical Terminology
    • Biology&175 Human Biology with Lab  
    • OR  Biology&241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (Biology&160 is a prerequisite to BIO&241)
    • AND Biology&242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 

    Required Social Sciences:

    • Psychology&200 Lifespan Psychology (Psychology&100 is a prerequisite to PSY&200)

    Quantitative Reasoninggrade of 2.5 or higher is required before entering core coursework

    • Math&107 Math in Society or higher
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    OTA102Health and Wellness and the OTA3
    OTA103Functional Movement5
    OTA104Therapeutic Use of Self5
    OTA111Introduction to Occupational Therapy5
    OTA105Nervous System Function4
    OTA106Therapeutic Activities and Performance I5
    OTA107Devel. Disabilities - Treatment and Applications5
    OTA108Applied Experience I - A1
    OTA110Documentation Skills3
    OTA109Adaptive Technologies5
    OTA201Therapeutic Activities and Performance II5
    OTA202Psychosocial Dysfunctions : Treatment and Applications8
    OTA203Applied Experience I - B1
    OTA204Seminar - Applied Mental Health1
    OTA210Physical Disabilities - Treatment and Applications8
    OTA212Applied Experience - I - C1
    OTA213Seminar - Applied Physical Rehabilitation1
    OTA231OTA and Special Settings4
    OTA232Professional Issues for the OTA4
    OTA220Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation A11
    OTA221Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar A1
    OTA222Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation B11
    OTA223Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar B1

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. 
  2. Provide documentation of volunteer, or job shadow experience in an occupational therapy setting. 
  3. Provide documented evidence of current immunizations and TB testing. 
  4. Provide documented evidence of medical and dental health clearance. 
  5. Provide documented evidence of personal health insurance. 
  6. Provide documented evidence of liability insurance coverage. 
  7. Pass a national criminal background check.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

  • National Median Salary: $61,510
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 6,900

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

  • Access the passing rates on the NBCOT examination of Bates OTA graduates.
  • NBCOT:  One Bank Street Suite 300 | Gaithersburg, MD 20878 | 301-990-7979 | info@nbcot.org
  • Accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA |  www.acoteonline.org​

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