Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy

Young or old, we all have a job to do – the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the “occupations” of life.

Often disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent. Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest.

Choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant will help you make a difference! You can improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.

The Owens Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program provides active classroom instruction and extensive field experience in the practice of occupational therapy with individuals and populations across the life span within various service delivery models.

Coursework offers students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for employment as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant in a variety of institutional and community-based settings.

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant carries out a treatment program to facilitate maximum life satisfaction and independent functioning for people of all ages.

The total number of graduates from the Owens Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program during the 3-year period of 2021-2023 was 42, with an overall graduation rate of 74%.

OTA Program Completion Rate
Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduation Graduation Rate
2023 21/18 86%
2022 19/13 68%
2021 17/11 65%
Total 57/42 74%

Current OTA Program Cost OTA Program 1st Semester Fall 16 Credit Hours OTA Program 2nd Semester Spring 16 Credit Hours OTA Program 3rd Semester Summer 7 Credit Hours OTA Program 4th Semester Fall 13 Credit Hours OTA Program 5th Semester Spring 12 Credit Hours Total Cost of Program (2023-2024)
$2562.00 $2562.00 $1281.00 $2379.00 $2076.00 $10860.00
$786.00 $786.00 $376.00 $642.00 $619.00 $3209.00
Books and 
$731.38 $506.70 $210.25 $780.94 $104.50 $2333.70
Lab and 
Course Fees
$300.00 $375.00 $163.00 $154.00 $175.00 $1167.00
Loan Fees* N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Distance Ed Fees** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total  $4379.38 $4229.70 $2030.25 $3955.94 $2974.50 $17,569.77

Based on in-state Spring 2023 tuition and fees. The College reserves the right to make adjustments in tuition and fees, specifically, instructional fees, general fees, laboratory fees and other mandatory and optional fees, when deemed necessary and without advanced notice. Please note this cost analysis includes all courses required for degree completion. Book costs are based on the Owens Community College Official Bookstore, eCampus. Note: most texts required for OTA courses are used in multiple courses.

Program costs do not include required health immunizations/titres, background checks, or CPR certification.
*Please contact Student Financial Services for questions about financial aid.
**Only applicable if student chooses an online delivery. Costs presented are based on face to face courses.

Contact Us

Administration Location Phone Email
Barbara Seguine, Chair Health Technologies 525 (567) 661-7415 barbara_seguine@owens.edu
Catherine Ford, Dean Health Technologies 121B (567) 661-7398 catherine_ford@owens.edu


National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT): NBCOT program data results >>


ACOTE logo The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for a period of 10 years from academic year 2014/15 to 2024/2025, located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814.  ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-2682 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.Graduates of the program will be able 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).  

State Licensures
The states where a student intends to practice or apply for employment may require licensure, certification, or other mandates.  The student should contact the relevant agency to obtain the necessary information for application.  Each state differs in procedure; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination (or pending results).  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.  For more information about the Ohio OT licensure, visit https://www.otptat.ohio.gov/.