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Occupational Therapy Assistant
Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $55,044.
Graduates from 2020 - 2022
With a 3 year average graduation rate of 77%

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Occupational Therapy Assistant
Program Number: 105141
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
67 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) work with individuals across the lifespan, whose ability to participate in everyday activities is complicated by developmental disability, physical and/or emotional illness, injury or aging.

    The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Madison College will train you to work with occupational therapists in helping individuals improve functionality, quality of life and independence.

    Please note that after acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Further information about these requirements will be shared at program orientation.

    Madison College students report 100 percent satisfaction with our two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program.

    • "The OTA classes are very relevant and instructors are very experienced."
    • "We get practical information and see the full scope of OT."
    • "This program is flexible, practical, and gets you where you want to go."
    • "We see OT in practice in a wide variety of settings from pediatric to geriatric."
    • "The Health Education Center at the Truax campus is beautiful and state-of- the-art."

    Program Details

    Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies. A felony conviction may impact a graduate's eligibility for certification and credentialing. 

    Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program can attend full or part time.

    Courses are scheduled on weekdays.

    Hybrid courses include weekly in-person instruction and asynchronous online work. 

    In-Person Occupational Therapy Assistant instruction is offered at the Madison College Truax campus.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Handbook.

    Your Advantages at Madison College

    • Study in our state-of-the-art Health Education Center, including a simulated patient home where students practice teaching everyday skills.
    • Learn with top faculty for personalized attention and real-world learning.
    • Benefit from a series of on-site clinical practicums at local health facilities.
    • Spend less than $13,000 for total tuition and program costs for your Madison College degree.

    OTA Careers

    Occupational therapy assistants are employed in community settings providing mental health, residential care and home health, and work-related services as well as in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.

    Earning your associate degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range ofprofessional positions in the field of occupational therapy, including:

    • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
    • Adult day care coordinator
    • Activities coordinator
    • Community support worker
    • Life skills trainer
    • Durable medical equipment coordinator
    • Job coach
    • Family support worker
    • Supported employment specialist

    With additional education and/or work experience, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program graduates may find employment as:

    • Assisted living program coordinator/ manager
    • Case manager
    • Community-based residential facility manager
    • Assistive technology provider

    Graduation Rates

    This table outlines the number of students who started the program and how many of them ultimately graduated. 

    Graduation Year# of Students Started vs GraduatedGraduation Rate

    The total number of graduates from Madison College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period 2020-2022 was 57 with an overall graduation rate of 77%. 

    The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides program data results.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Accreditation
    The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.



  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses
    The following course must be completed prior to acceptance into Occupational Therapy courses:
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    First Semester
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Summer Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    5 credits
    5 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

    • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
    • There is no current estimated wait time between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
    • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

    After Acceptance

    Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

    Additional Notes

    Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Petition

    After Acceptance

    After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

    Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

    • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
    • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
    • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
    • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program

    You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

    Fall 2023 and Spring 2024  

    Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

    After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the B.S in Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S degrees and are admitted to the Human Services Leadership at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    The terms of the B.S in Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S or A.A.A. degrees and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Completion of an A.A.S. Degree at Madison College after 2015, and meeting admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a B.B.A degree in Technical Sales at MSOE.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
    • Practice within the distinct role and responsibility of the occupational therapy assistant.
    • Advocate for the profession, services and consumers.
    • Value lifelong learning and the need to keep current with best practices.
    • Apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes
    • Serve a diverse population in a variety of systems that are consistent with entry-level practice.
    • Serve individuals across the life span whose ability to participate in everyday occupations is complicated by developmental disability, physical and/or emotional illness, injury or aging. Occupations are the activities of daily life that have value to individuals and help them be contributing members of their communities.
    • Use purposeful activities to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills needed to function.
    • Offer alternative approaches and adaptations to compensate when needed.
    • Promote the balance of self-care, work and leisure activities that results in the quality of life and level of independence valued by the individual.
    • Collaborate with occupational therapists.
    • Work in community settings providing mental health, residential care and home health and work-related services as well as in nursing homes, hospitals and schools.


    The Madison Area Technical College associate-degree-level 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 301.652.6611 and its website is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    ***Students must complete 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.

    The total number of graduates from the Madison Area Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant program from 2020-2022 was 57, with an overall graduation rate of 77%.

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates172617
      Number of Surveys Sent172517
      Number of Surveys Returned152311
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment152211
      Percent Available for Employment100.0%95.7%100.0%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%4.3%0.0%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed12179
      Percent of Graduates Employed80.0%77.3%81.8%
      Employed in Related Occupation10136
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.3%76.5%66.7%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation243
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.7%23.5%33.3%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Seeking Employment352
      Percent Seeking Employment20.0%22.7%18.2%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses152311
      Very Satisfied (4)5153
      Percent Very Satisfied33.3%65.2%27.3%
      Satisfied (3)978
      Percent Satisfied60.0%30.4%72.7%
      Unsatisfied (2)110
      Percent Unsatisfied6.7%4.3%0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses152311
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses12179
      Before Enrollment032
      Percent Before Enrollment0.0%17.6%22.2%
      While Attending the College101
      Percent While Attending the College8.3%0.0%11.1%
      After Training at the College11146
      Percent After Training at the College91.7%82.4%66.7%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses12179
      In College District7125
      Percent In College District58.3%70.6%55.6%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District333
      Percent of In Wisconsin25.0%17.6%33.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin221
      Percent Outside Wisconsin16.7%11.8%11.1%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202120222023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count993
      Average Monthly Wage$3,745$4,206$4,587
      Average Hourly Wage$21.77$24.45$26.67
      Average Work Hours per Week39.740.641.8
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count321
      Average Hourly Wage$21.67$27.00$22.00
      Average Work Hours per Week27.327.722.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Evansville ManorCertified Occupational Therapy AssistantEvansville
      Oakwood VillageCertified Occupational Therapy Assistant
      Select Rehabilitation CenterCertified Occupational Therapy AssistantGlenviewIL
      Stellar Rehab LLCCertified Occupational Therapy AssistantVerona
      Unity Point Health-MeriterCertified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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