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.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7008 | jcarroll@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six - Eight Quarters

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.

  • National Median Salary$61,510
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings6,900

This information is base on data from June 2021.

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.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP:  51.0803    EPC:  342 

 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.  


  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. 


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


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

    253-680-7108 | Email

  • Andrew Min, COTA - Primary Instructor

    253-680-7287 | Email

  • Nicole Hawe, MOT, OTR/L - Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

    253-680-7278 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.