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.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants work with clients ranging from newborn to geriatric a variety of settings including school systems, hospitals, mental health clinics. The OTA program consists of three semesters of academic preparation and one semester of full-time fieldwork education.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science

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​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 
Accreditation

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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
2020 21/12 57%
2021 11/9 81%
2022 12/10 83%
Total 44/31 70%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/EN/EDUCATORS/HOME#SCHOOLPERFORMANCE.

Cost Information

Click here for the Estimated Educational Cost for Occupational Therapy Assistant program at NDSCS. For other tuition and fee information specific to NDSCS go to NDSCS.edu/Costs

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduates from 2020-21 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Avg. Beginning Monthly Salary High Monthly Salary Placement Rate
9 $4,854 $6,067 88%
CarFit

NDSCS OTA Program to host CarFit event

09-26-2018
The NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a CarFit event on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D.

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OTA students

NDSCS OTA program recognizes Occupational Therapy Month

04-26-2018
The NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month by bringing awareness to the occupation.

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OTA Students Host CarFit Event

OTA CarFit event
02-01-2018

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. Students completed a 12-point checklist with several participants to ensure that they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety.

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The CarFit program offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.