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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

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Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

The College of the Canyons proudly introduces the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, an Associates in Science degree.  A thoroughly crafted curriculum to usher students into a rewarding career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). 

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs), under the guidance of Occupational Therapists, collaborate with people of all ages, aiding in their development, rehabilitation, enhancement, and preservation of essential life and work skills. They play a vital role in ensuring individuals can navigate daily tasks and professional demands effectively, particularly those facing physical, mental, or developmental challenges. The OTA program is set to commence in Fall 2025. This innovative program is your opportunity to make a substantial impact in the healthcare field.



Dive into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Journey

Our curriculum is designed to: 
• Equip you with an understanding of the vital role Occupational Therapy Assistants play in healthcare and community well-being.
• Provide you with the expertise to enhance individuals’ abilities in daily activities, cognitive processes, and social interactions. 
• Offer you practical experience in a variety of settings, ensuring you’re ready to make a significant impact on lives in places from medical facilities to educational institutions and beyond. 

Transform Lives Across Various Settings

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you'll extend your expertise to:
• Hospitals & Rehabilitation Centers
• Skilled Nursing & Home Health Settings
• School-Based & Psychiatric Hospitals
• Outpatient Clinics & Private Practices
• Emerging Practice Areas

Toddler girl in child occupational therapy session doing sensory playful exercises with her therapist.

Worker in occupational therapy re-learning to lay bricks.

Experience Cohort Structured Learning

Our 16-month program consist of:
• Cohort-based structure for a focused and collaborative learning environment.
• A sequential course structure leading to rich clinical fieldwork experiences.
• Rigorous preparation for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 
• Integrated fieldwork as a co-requisite to academic learning for a holistic educational journey.

Program Cost

• Cost per unit: $46.00
• Note: Total program cost will vary depending on the number of units required to complete the OTA program.

Earning Potential

• Annual mean wage for Occupational Therapy Assistants: $65,000 - $80,000
• These figures represent national averages and may vary by location and experience level.

Your Pathway to Professional Excellence Begins Here at College of the Canyons.

Embark on a transformative educational journey that integrates academic rigor with practical application. Our students are the foundation of a dedicated learning community aimed at fostering the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

Apply soon and take the first step towards a fulfilling career that celebrates the passion and potential of human health and wellbeing.

Pending approval from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has assigned the College a December 16, 2024, Candidacy Application due date.  The College will be notified of the ACOTE Candidacy Decision in April 2025.  At this time students may be notified of acceptance into the program and the first class will begin in August 2025. For more information about ACOTE please go to: 

 Therapist making asissistive device for immobilize patient hand. Splint service for hand injury rehabilitation of occupational therapy clinic.



Questions? Contact Program Director

Anna Hillary MA, MS, COTA/L, FE