Occupational Therapy Assistant

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

This program is a full-time, daytime curriculum with both morning and afternoon courses and labs. All lecture and laboratory classes will be held on the Kirkland Campus. Clinical affiliations, also known as fieldwork experiences, are held at various off-campus settings, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics, and adult day health programs.

Occupational Therapy is a fast growing health profession**, and there is a shortage of assistants and therapists. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) creatively works with persons who have limitations, disabilities, or challenges with independence in daily living activities, cognition, psychosocial function, and/or mobility. The OTA uses normal "occupation" (fun activities, avocational interests, exercise, arts and crafts, self-care tasks and routines, thinking and planning strategies, work tasks, and household and family care) to help people manage their lives with independence, grace, and dignity. OTAs work in schools, nursing homes, retirement centers, assisted living facilities, adult day health programs, out-patient clinics, hospitals, home health care, mental health clinics, private practices, and adult family homes. It is a wonderful, people-oriented career which combines both physical and psychosocial aspects of treatment to make a positive difference in people's lives.

After graduating from this six (6) quarter program, a student must pass a national examination and obtain licensure through the Washington State Department of Health before practicing as a "COTA" (certified occupational therapy assistant.)

Degrees and Certificates

Credits

Estimated
Length*

Admission

Academic
Plan

Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T

99

6 quarters

Fall

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 *Program length is estimated. See your counselor or adviser.

**See Workforce Explorer data.