Occupational Therapy Assistant

General Program Description

An Occupational Therapy Assistant works under the direction of an Occupational Therapist to guide patients in selected treatment interventions in order to help them holistically achieve or recover their independence in activities of daily living (ADLs). Occupational therapy allows people across the lifespan to do the activities they want and need to do.

Young or old, we all have a job to do—the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the “occupations” of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent. Occupational therapy—a vibrant, growing profession—makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest.

By choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you can make a difference! You will improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old by employing treatment interventions that focus on self-care activities, work or school tasks, driving, leisure, home management, and community involvement. If you are looking for a challenging career and have a desire to learn, achieve, and give your best to society, a career as an occupational therapy assistant is for you!

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Albany State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, and can be contacted at (301) 652-AOTA or www.acoteonline.org/.

More Information about an Occupational Therapy Assistant and accreditation of OTA Programs can be obtained from the American Occupational Therapy Association and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education websites.

You can also view the program pass rates for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam as well as program graduation rates.

Please note:

  • The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an adviser to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
  • All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
  • The general education courses required for each career program are summarized in the comparison chart for all 2-year health career programs at Albany State University on the last page of the packet.