Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy is a healthcare service which uses a variety of skills and techniques including daily life activities, exercises and/or adaptive equipment to help people gain the physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of occupational therapists, help people prevent, lessen or overcome physical and mental disabilities so that they are able to function independently.

Graduating Class of 2017

Why major in Occupational Therapy Assistant?

In our program, you will have to opportunity to combine biological and behavioral sciences with technical occupational therapy assistant courses. Additionally, you will participate in extensive clinical training—allowing you to have experiences working with people of all ages and abilities.

This area of study might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in healthcare profession focused on life skills and rehabilitation
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks
  • You enjoy both problem-solving skills and being creative
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country

Facilities in which occupational therapy assistants can work include hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, private clinics, private homes and community agencies.

Students in Class

The OTA program is designed to be completed in six and a half semesters on a full-time basis. It includes a combination of biological and behavioral sciences as well as technical occupational therapy assistant courses. It also includes extensive clinical training which is completed within 12 months of completion of the academic coursework. This is unpaid full-time clinical training that lasts approximately 16 weeks.

Graduates of the OTA 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 examination, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio.


A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination. NBCOT handles these on a case-to-case basis and it is the student's responsibility to contact NBCOT directly.

"Occupational therapy practitioners ask, what matters to you? -- not, what’s the matter with you?" - AOTA President Ginny Stoffel



Available Programs

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Important Information about Health Science Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Sinclair Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA’s phone number is 301-652-AOTA.

The program received a 7-year reaccreditation in 2013. It is scheduled to be reaccredited in 2020.


The total number of graduates from the Sinclair Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 76 with an overall graduation rate of 88%.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

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