Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

About Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

Put your compassionate nature and great interpersonal skills to work in a career that is dynamic and creative as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). As an OTA you may help patients develop or recover the skills they need to perform everyday tasks as you:

  • Administer treatment after injuries
  • Provide ongoing rehabilitation
  • Work in geriatrics
  • Work in pediatrics
  • Encourage independence

The Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS program is designed to prepare you to function as a professional OTA in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes and school settings under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR).

Program Accreditation Status - 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.

Graduates 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). Successful certification permits the graduate to apply for licensure as required by the State of Illinois. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Graduation Year Students Enrolled/graduated NBCOT Pass Rate
2020 16/14 TBD
2019 16/14 100%
2018 18/14 100%
2017 16/12 100%
Total: 100%
View NBCOT program data results

Total Costs of Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $13,566

Credit Hours to Complete: 72

Weeks to Complete: 128

What you need to know about getting your Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS (CIP 51.0803)

Total Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $8,028 $27,228 $33,849 $33,849
Additional Costs $5,538 $5,538 $5,538 $5,538
Program Total $13,566 $32,766 $39,387 $39,387

What makes MCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

At MCC, instructors emphasize focus on the community, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and clinical reasoning in every aspect of the program. MCC's OTA program incorporates technology, evidenced-based information, and current trends to provide you with hands-on experiences to assist in the learning process. Many aspects of the program include working with community partners to encourage more application-based learning within the curriculum. 

What careers are available to someone with an Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

Occupations that Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Occupational Therapy Assistants 31-2011

What job opportunities are available to someone with an Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS?

This AAS degree prepares you to function as a professional OTA in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes and school settings under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR).

How will MCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

Gain real-world experience and network in the community as you complete your fieldwork experiences and through application-based curricular activities.

By the Numbers:

What have graduates gone on to do?

MCC OTA students have been hired by locals school districts, skilled nursing facilities, and local children's outpatient clinics throughout the area.

Outside of the Classroom

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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