Occupational Therapy Assistant


Recent Graduates

There are 22 recent graduates of this Madison College program.



75% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 105141

Credits: 67

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,942.65
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.

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

Courses are offered Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

Occupational Therapy Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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.

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.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant Petition Requirements.

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021                 Fall 2021 and Spring 202    


Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin 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. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
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.

Non-Wisconsin 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. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
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.

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-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 2017-2019 was 59, with an overall graduation rate of 79%.


Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program experience 85% job placement within six months of graduation. OT 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. The average monthly wage for Occupational Therapy Assistant program graduates working full-time is $2,983.

Earning your associate degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range of professional 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


  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates181822
    Number of Surveys Sent181822
    Number of Surveys Returned151121
    Percent of Surveys Returned83.30%61.10%95.50%
    Available for Employment151120
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%95.20%
    Not in Labor Market001
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%4.80%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed111116
    Percent of Graduates Employed73.30%100.00%80.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation8812
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation72.70%72.70%75.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation334
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation27.30%27.30%25.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment404
    Percent Seeking Employment26.70%0.00%20.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses151121
    Very Satisfied (4)959
    Percent Very Satisfied60.00%45.50%42.90%
    Satisfied (3)6612
    Percent Satisfied40.00%54.50%57.10%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses151121
    Preparation for Getting a Job4617
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job26.70%54.50%81.00%
    Career Change1032
    Percent Career Change66.70%27.30%9.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education011
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%9.10%4.80%
    Personal Interest101
    Percent Personal Interest6.70%0.00%4.80%
    Percent Other0.00%9.10%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses111116
    Before Enrollment103
    Percent Before Enrollment9.10%0.00%18.80%
    While Attending the College111
    Percent While Attending the College9.10%9.10%6.30%
    After Training at the College91012
    Percent After Training at the College81.80%90.90%75.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses111116
    In College District61010
    Percent In College District54.50%90.90%62.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District416
    Percent of In Wisconsin36.40%9.10%37.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin100
    Percent Outside Wisconsin9.10%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count568
    Average Monthly Wage$3,101 $2,953 $3,103
    Average Hourly Wage$18.03 $17.17 $18.04
    Average Work Hours per Week39.239.138.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count313
    Average Hourly Wage$19.73 $20.00 $25.54
    Average Work Hours per Week22.31817
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Achieve Therapy Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Juneau
    Beloit School District Occupational Therapy Assistant Beloit
    CI Pediatric Therapies Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Fitchburg
    Greenfield Rehabilitation Agency Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Brookfield
    Heartland Country Village Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Black Earth
    Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Para Educator Cross Plains
    Nazareth Health & Rehabilitation Center Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Stoughton
    Oakwood Village Life Enrichment Specialist
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Reedsburg
    School District of Beloit Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Beloit
    Verona Area School District Occupational Therapy Assistant Substitute Verona

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu