Occupational therapists work with people who have disabilities, injuries, and illnesses to improve or recover their ability to perform everyday activities. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares you to perform occupational therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs various treatment procedures prescribed by the Registered Occupational Therapist to patients with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you also will work independently in programs to prevent disability and maintain health, such as Activity Director.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA. www.acoteonline.org
ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.
View the Professional Licensure Disclosure for this program.
New Class Annually
Our Occupational Therapy Assistant Program admits a new class of up to 24 students during the fall term each year. The courses for this full-time program are offered in the daytime only and the program will take a total of six semesters to complete.
Graduates of the 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). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensing.
Apply to Program
The applicant pool for programs in the School of Health Sciences are very competitive. An application does not mean acceptance into the Health Sciences program. Applicants are required to meet with a School of Health Sciences advisor before they apply to a program and may be required to attend an orientation for the Allied Health related programs. All application correspondence from the School of Health Sciences will be through your TCC email. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program accepts applications every year from Apr. 1 to Jan. 1.
The deadline to apply for Fall 2024 is Jan. 1, 2024
- Apply to TCC
- Submit all official high school and college transcripts
- Submit ACT Scores
- Contact your Academic Advisor
- Complete the OTA Career Exploration Tool
- Review the Essential Functions and Estim ated Cost of Program
- Apply to the OTA Program
Note: For information on applicant ranking see the OTA Applicant Ranking Scale.
Essential Functions / Technical Standards for OTA Students
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) must possess the knowledge and skills to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings including: hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, supported employment environments, homes, community programs, assisted living and adult daycare settings.
Listed below are the abilities students must possess to successfully complete coursework in the OTA Program:
- The ability to observe and successfully participate in academic and fieldwork settings.
- The ability to read and comprehend written material at a college level including, but not limited to: texts; journals; articles; and electronic healthcare records.
- The ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form with students, faculty, staff, clients, family, and other professionals in both the academic and healthcare settings using appropriate grammar and spelling.
- Effective interpersonal skills necessary for productive classroom discussion and respectful interaction with classmates, faculty, fieldwork educators and clients. These skills include, but are not limited to: expressing ideas and feelings clearly, being able to exchange information effectively and communicating with others in a respectful confident manner.
- Cognitive skills for problem solving, clinical reasoning and judgment and ability to respond and make decisions in a safe and effective manner.
- Emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment, full use of intellectual abilities and prompt completion of all academic and fieldwork responsibilities as well as the ability to be flexible and to adapt to changing environments.
- Be aware that the work required of an OTA is very physically demanding. For example, OTA’s are very often required to transfer and transport patients that are too weak to physically assist. Therefore OTA’s must possess the motor and sensory ability to safely complete required tasks in a timely manner and perform simple and repetitive tasks as needed, independently, as well as the ability to direct others, and / or use assistive technology perform complex and varied tasks as needed, independently.
Tulsa Community College is committed to creating and promoting accessible learning environment for all students. "Reasonable accommodation" refers to ways in which the College addresses any barriers to full participation in the academic and co-curricular experience.
Examples of reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to: instructional materials in alternative formats; alternative testing arrangements; and use of assistive technology such as text-to-speech software. While reasonable accommodation does not mean that students will be exempt from required tasks, it does mean that the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program desires student success and is committed to working with all students giving every opportunity for success.
Students accepted into the OTA program who wish to request reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the Accessibility Resources prior to the start of the program. The College has policies regarding documentation of disability and a process for requesting accommodations. Reasonable accommodations in classroom and in fieldwork settings cannot be provided without the formal request and the required documentation.
To learn more contact the Accessibility Resources at 918-595-7115.
By completing the OTA application, you verify that you can perform all of these function, with or without reasonable accommodations.
Concerns or Complaints
Concerns or complaints1 that fall either within due process or outside of due process regarding the OTA Program may be directed to:
Dina Anderson, MOT, OTR/L
TCC OTA Program Director and Assistant Professor
School of Health Sciences
909 S. Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119
Incidents, complaints or concerning behavior happening at TCC may also be reported via TCC's Report It! page.
Estimated Cost of Program
|Course Breakdown||Tuition||Fees||Books and Supplies||Total|
|First Year of Program||$4,380||$267||$1,988||$6,635|
|Second Year of Program1||$3,796||$854||$1,435||$6,085|
Note: Costs updated August 31, 2022 using In-State/Resident rates. Prices listed are only an estimation. Actual totals may vary.
OTA Program Outcomes
Student graduation rates indicated are per academic year. Graduation occurs in May of each academic year.
|Graduation Year||Students Entering||Students Graduating||Graduation rate|
TCC OTA certification exam outcomes can be verified with National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy’s (NBCOT).
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.