Occupational Therapy Assistant

If you are a creative, caring person who enjoys working with people, a career as an occupational therapy assistant may be for you.



​Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) work with people to improve the quality of their lives through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. 

As an OTA, you work with a broad range of individuals including: 

  • Children with disabilities 
  • Aging adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes 
  • People recovering from injury 

Graduates of the NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant program find employment at: 

  • Schools
  • Hospitals 
  • Home healthcare services 
  • Rehabilitation centers 
  • Retirement facilities 

The North Dakota State College of Science’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 1972.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Certification Exam
Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). When application is made, the candidate will be required to disclose any previous felony conviction, which may affect the graduate’s eligibility to sit for the exam. For more information go to www.nbcot.org.

NDSCS OTA Program Data
Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 28/27 96%
2017 20/17 85%
2018 20/16 80%
Total 68/60 88%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.


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Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduates from 2017-18 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Jobs Reported Avg. Beginning Monthly Salary High Monthly Salary Placement Rate
15 268 $2,785 $3,640 89%

NDSCS OTA Program to host CarFit event

The NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a CarFit event on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D.


OTA students

NDSCS OTA program recognizes Occupational Therapy Month

The NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month by bringing awareness to the occupation.


OTA CarFit event

OTA Students Host CarFit Event

Second-year OTA students became trained in CarFit as part of their academic coursework and hosted their first CarFit event on November 29, 2017 in Schuett Hall.