Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants help patients of all ages and with all different types of disabilities and challenges to participate in everyday life activities. They are patient, reliable and compassionate individuals. Under the supervision of an occupational therapist, this health care professional focuses on providing treatments that will assist disabled people to function independently in their homes and their communities, and help people regain skills lost due to injury.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs, and community programs.

Program Chair

Amy Mahle

Amy Mahle




North Campus

Carolyn Sithong
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
North Campus

Occupational therapy assistants focus on the physical, psychological, and social needs of their clients, helping them to rebuild their health, functional independence, and self-esteem.

The average annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $60,690 in May 2016.

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Occupational therapy assistants work primarily in long-term care facilities, pediatric or adult outpatient clinics, and hospitals.