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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

The program prepares students as entry level Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the direction of the Occupational Therapist (OT) in providing specific patient services to improve health and performance. OTA and OTPT courses will be taught only at the Southern Lakes Branch Campus.

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Program Information & Forms

A felony conviction may affect the graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Pre-Admission Information

The following information has been gathered to help the prospective occupational therapy assistant student make an informed decision concerning participation in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Mott Community College.

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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-6611. 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). Michigan requires a license in order to practice in this state (the program coordinator will give you information on obtaining a license). A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and attain state registration.
NOTE: All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Physical Exam

Documentation of a recent physical examination (no older than six months) must be submitted to the OTA Program Coordinator by date specified by the program coordinator (usually they are due during the first fall in the program). The physical exam form is available in the Division of Health Sciences office Curtis-Mott building on the main campus or from the OTA Program Coordinator at the Southern Lakes Branch Center. Forms will also be available at the program orientation. The form must be filled out completely by the student and his/her physician.

Criminal Background Check (CBI)

A criminal background investigation is required to apply for health sciences programs. Informational packets may be obtained from the Division office (CM 2313) or from an advisor.

The packet provides instruction regarding the process to complete and submit the background investigation. Students will not be admitted to any health science program without a clear CBI.

Time Commitment

The OTA program requires a large time commitment for classroom hours, study, practical examinations, and clinical participation. Expect to study two hours for each lecture hour. Classes may be scheduled as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 9:00 pm. Each semester/session class schedule will vary. Students are typically in class or clinicals 15 – 20 hours per week. During the OTA Internship students are in the clinic 40 hours per week for 16 weeks. Some students are able to work part-time but others find it difficult to keep up with the material and either cut back on work hours or quit working.


Tuition is based on contact hours. Please see the current tuition schedule. Tuition may be raised by the Board of Trustees of the College as necessary.


Print a copy of the OTA Pre-Admission Information

OTA Forms

OTA Pre-Admission Information

OTA Observation Form

OTA Supplemental Application

OTA Checklist

OTA Job Duties

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work under the supervision of occupational therapists in helping people of all ages with physical, psychological, or developmental disabilities so that they may regain, improve, or adjust to their physical or mental capacities. The treatments focus on helping patients achieve maximum levels of independence in such daily activities as dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, caring for a home, participating in education, or seeking and holding employment. As an OTA, you will have a great impact on your patient's lives; allowing time to live their lives to the fullest.

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 68 / 75
  • Contact Hours: 106 / 113

Recommended Math Pathway: MATH-115

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Program Pre-Requisites
To be taken before admission to program
English Composition I

Composition for Technical Fields I


Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


PSYC-281General Psychology 33
Total 1012
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab


Applied Anatomy

Applied Anatomy Lab


Total 711
Year One
OTPT-100Physical Medicine Terminology 11
OTA.-100Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant 22
OTA.-102Pathophysiology for OTA 22
PSYC-291Psychology of Human Development 44
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Safety and Emergency Response


Choose one of the following:
ENGL-102English Composition II 33
ENGL-104Ecomposition for Technical Fields II 33
COMM-131Fundamentals of Public Speaking 33
PHIL-103Critical Thinking 33
PHIL-295Ethics 33
Total 13 / 1513 / 15
OTA.-126Activity Analysis 33
OTA.-129Clinical Practice I 13
Pediatric OTA Intervention

Pediatric OTA Intervention Lab


OTA Assessments

OTA Assesssments Lab


AHLT-113Multicultural Health Care 11
Total 1117
Spring / Summer
MATH-115 ***
MATH-120 ***
Foundations of Mathematics II

Intermediate Algebra


OTA.-129** ****Clinical Practice I 13
Total 57
Year Two
OTA.-222Conditions of Psychosocial Dysfunction 33
Assistive Technology and Techniques in OT
Assistive Technology and Techniques in OT Lab


OTA Interventions for Adults

OTA Interventions for Adults Lab


Total 1016
OTA.-220Group Skills in Occupational Therapy 22
OTA.-229Clinical Practice II 26
OTA.-230Geriatric OTA Intervention 33
OTA.-232OTA Transitions 33
Total 1014
Spring / Summer
OTA.-240 ***OTA. Internship I***** 412
OTA.-250 ****OTA Internship II***** 412
Total 824
*Or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Healthcare Provider Card or Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider Card
**If not taken in Winter
*****OTA.-240 (OTA Internship I) and OTA.-250 (OTA Internship II) must be completed within 18 months of the last classroom course.


OTA General Duties

  • Observing patient's skills & capacity to determine ability level.
  • Selecting appropriate activities such as manual arts, crafts, daily living skills, recreation, and neuro-developmental techniques.
  • Assisting in planning therapy programs.
  • Preparing and designing materials, equipment, and adaptive devices for patient use, and instructing patients in their use.
  • Teaching patients skills and techniques and how to adapt to home and work activities and social environment.
  • Transporting patients, assembling equipment, obtaining supplies, and preparing and maintaining work areas.

What kind of classes will I need to take at MCC?

In addition to general education classes required of all students seeking associate's degrees, students in the occupational therapy assistant program will study anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, psychology, medical terminology, first aid, and various occupational therapy classes that build specific skills necessary in the field.

Students learn about ethical and legal issues in the practice of occupational therapy, psychiatric and physical conditions most frequently treated, theories of treatment and rehabilitation, treatment techniques, skills in the use of equipment, and treatment materials, and other pertinent skills. As students advance in their studies, they will move to clinical settings where they will observe, then perform tasks under supervision.

Accreditation Status of the OTA Program at Mott

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The address is: ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA. The website is

Employment opportunities are good. Nationally, employment of OTA's is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014. The number of graduates has fallen short of demand.

Salaries may vary according to education and experience, and the type, size, and location of the employer. In Michigan hospitals and related institutions, the average salary in 2011 for OTA's was $45,955. For information on current salaries visit
Advancement depends on experience, education, responsibilities, and performance. A career ladder for OTA's may be: OTA, occupational therapist, supervising therapist. Our aging population, advances in medical technology that save lives, and our rising life expectancy all contribute to the increased demand for occupational therapy services.

What degree will I hold when I finish?

Students who complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at MCC are candidates for an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Pass rates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam for our graduates can be found at National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

After graduation from the OTA Program students take the national certification exam.

How can I find out more or enroll in the program?

You can find out more about the field of occupational therapy assistant by visiting Mott Community College's Career Resource Center, second floor, Prahl College Center on the main campus, (810) 762-0250.

The OTA program courses are offered only at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton. General education courses required for the program may be offered on the main campus as well. The program coordinator will answer specific questions and assist you with scheduling. The program coordinator can be called at (810) 762-5018 or emailed at

Number of Graduates and Graduation Rates for 3 years

The total number of graduates from the Mott Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3- year period of 2014-2016 was 38, with an overall graduation rate of 69%.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 21 16 76%
2015 19 11 58%
2014 15 11 73%
Total 55 38 69%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

OTA students practicing transfer skills
OTA students - daily living skills
OTA students - working with skills board
OTA students - using assistive devices
OTA students - fine motor skills board
OTA students - setting up for therapy
OTA students - practicing daily living skills
OTA students - assisting with stretching techniques
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