Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate Degree

Are You Interested in Making a Career in Occupational Therapy?

Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in multiple settings with people of all ages. And the employment outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants is bright!*

About the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 

If you care about people and have a desire to learn, achieve and contribute to society and the health of others, a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant may be for you! Among other things, Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Through practical classes and hands-on experience you can: 

  • Work with professors who have industry experience—and share it. 
  • Integrate, apply and practice therapeutic skills necessary for success in a clinical setting.
  • Impact the lives of people of all ages.
  • Prepare for your Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) exam.

Set your Occupational Therapy career in motion. Request information about our 2-year Occupational Therapy Assistant program today! 

Available In 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Day Classes 

Discover a diverse but close-knit community of students, faculty and staff at our Boston campus, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood.  

  • Duration: 4 semesters + Summer Session 
  • Semester Length: 16 weeks 
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates:
    • Spring 2020: Monday, January 13, 2020 *Boston location only
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 

According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapy is expected to increase 28% from 2016 to 2026, which is significantly faster than the average for all occupations.

Sample Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Courses 

  • Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pediatric Interventions for the OTA
  • Principles and Applications in Mental Health

To browse our 2018-19 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Mission 

The mission of the Bay State College Occupational Therapy Assistant  program is to provide qualified, competent entry-level occupational therapy assistants to meet the employment needs and expectations of the greater Boston area and surrounding communities. Through the provision of quality classroom education, clinical competency requirements, exposure to current technology used in practice, and varied, practical fieldwork experiences, the program intends to adequately prepare students for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination for entrance into the field of occupational therapy as competent, certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Accreditation

The Bay State College Occupational Therapy Assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

*American Occupational Therapy Association