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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 105141

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

Occupational Therapy Assistant is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree. It will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. With the associate degree, you can also transfer to another college and earn your bachelor's degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

This program is not offered online.

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.
Admission

To Apply

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

After Acceptance

Students admitted onto the waitlist for the Fall 2016 term or prior should continue to use their Academic Requirements Report and review emails from their academic advisor.

Students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2017 term of after should complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant Petition Requirements.

Questions?

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

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Select one of the following:

3 credits

3 credits

Summer Semester
Third Semester

 

Elective

3 Credits

Fourth Semester
Outcomes

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

  • 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.

Accreditation/Credentialing

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 20824-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA.

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.

Careers

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’s 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