Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy promotes health by enabling people to fully engage in the activities of life. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) help people learn to overcome physical, mental, and emotional barriers to meaningful, daily occupations. When helping individual patients, OTAs commonly use what is individually familiar and enjoyable to:

  • teach injury prevention
  • improve functional ability
  • adapt equipment/environment to improve quality of life


Program: LATI's rigorous 20 month program emphasizes lecture, laboratory experience, discussion, demonstration, and off-site field-work experiences. To graduate, you must maintain a 2.0 GPA, completing all courses with a grade of "C" or higher (a single grade of "D" will be allowed in a general or related course).

Exam: As a graduate of this accredited program you are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) NBCOT's Web Site

After successful completion of the exam, you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states also require licensure (typically based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam) to practice. The OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3415. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Their website is www.acoteonline.org. Be advised that students graduating from an unaccredited program are not eligible to take the NBCOT Certification Exam. A felony conviction may affect an individual's eligibility to sit for the national exam and/or obtain state licensure. Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance. See NBCOT's Certification Results.

Just six months after graduation, Occupational Therapy Assistant grads are averaging $22.67 an hour! Read more in our latest Placement Report.

"Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for occupational therapy assistants and aides will continue to rise because of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function" (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

In the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, Occupational Therapy Assistants earned the following average yearly wages when employed by:

  • Home health care services……$53, 090
  • Offices of other health practitioners……$50, 810
  • Nursing Care facilities......$50,790
  • General medical & surgical hospitals……$45, 760
  • Elementary & secondary schools......$41, 850

OTAs last national accreditation was Aug 3, 2013. 10 years.

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American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)