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Madison WI 53704

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 105141


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

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. 

All courses for this program are offered in person. Most courses also have online requirements.

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

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019     Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.


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.


This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, is (301) 652-AOTA. Visit them online for details. 

Credentialing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is separate from Madison College graduation.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a COTA. In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

A felony conviction may affect a graduates’ ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

The total number of graduates from the Madison Area Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant program from 2016-2018 was 54, with an overall graduation rate of 78%. 


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

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  • Estimated Program Cost
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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 18 18 18
    Number of Surveys Sent 18 18 18
    Number of Surveys Returned 14 15 15
    Percent of Surveys Returned 77.80% 83.30% 83.30%
    Available for Employment 13 15 15
    Percent Available for Employment 92.90% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 7.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 10 12 11
    Percent of Graduates Employed 76.90% 80.00% 73.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 10 11 8
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 91.70% 72.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 8.30% 27.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 3 3 4
    Percent Seeking Employment 23.10% 20.00% 26.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.7 3.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 14 15 15
    Very Satisfied 7 11 9
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 73.30% 60.00%
    Satisfied 7 4 6
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 26.70% 40.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 14 15 15
    Preparation for Getting a Job 5 8 4
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 35.70% 53.30% 26.70%
    Career Change 8 6 10
    Percent Career Change 57.10% 40.00% 66.70%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 1 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 7.10% 6.70% 6.70%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 10 12 11
    Before Enrollment 0 1 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 8.30% 9.10%
    While Attending the College 0 0 1
    Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 0.00% 9.10%
    After Training at the College 10 11 9
    Percent After Training at the College 100.00% 91.70% 81.80%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 10 12 11
    In College District 8 6 6
    Percent In College District 80.00% 50.00% 54.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 3 4
    Percent of In Wisconsin 20.00% 25.00% 36.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 3 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 25.00% 9.10%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 9 6 5
    Average Monthly Wage $3,166 $3,448 $3,101
    Average Hourly Wage $18.41 $20.04 $18.03
    Average Work Hours per Week 37.3 39.2 39.2
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 5 3
    Average Hourly Wage $18.91 $23.41 $19.73
    Average Work Hours per Week 24 16.6 22.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 6 54
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 27 88
    Total Jobs 33 142
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    CI Pediatric Therapy Center Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Fitchburg
    CI Pediatric Therapy Center Occupational Therapy Assistant Fitchburg
    Dept of Health Services - Mendota Mental Health Institute Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Gl Rehab Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Evansville
    Novocure Device Support Specialist Portsmouth NH
    School District of Beloit Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Beloit 2
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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