Occupational therapy assistants help address the quality of life of people who are unable to fully participate in meaningful tasks and activities of daily life because of physical, psychological or social conditions or environmental or attitudinal barriers.
The Grand Island Campus offers Nebraska’s only two-year occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program. Graduates receive an associate of applied science degree and are eligible to take the licensing exam required to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Please go to our online catalog for more information.
program requirements course descriptions.
People with a strong interest in health and wellness, psychology, sociology, and behavioral studies are encouraged to apply to the program.
Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of settings including:
This field is ranked as the 8th fasted growing occupations, with employment expected to increase by 43 percent during the decade ending in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The occupational therapy assistant program has been granted accreditation through 2016 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. For more information, go to www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam and on the demonstration of continuing education and competency.
For detailed information, see the Occupational Therapy Assistant Handbook.
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At 2014-15 tuition and fee rates, the cost for completing the OTA program is:
Cost for books, a laptop and other expenses total about $3,900. Students will have additional expenses for room and board while completing fieldwork, immunizations, CPR training and purchase of an iPad 2. (See OTA brochure for details.)
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program can be completed in two years, including two summer sessions and four semesters. See the OTA Student Handbook for details.
OTA Student Handbook
The length of time to complete this program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.