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:
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. A felony conviction may affect an individual's eligibility to sit for the national exam and/or obtain state licensure. See NBCOT's Certification Results.
"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: