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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health profession that uses purposeful occupations and meaningful activities with individuals whose lives have been disrupted by physically disabling injury or illness, cognitive deficits, developmental challenges, the aging process, and psychosocial challenges.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist (OT). Under the guidance of an OT, OTAs play an important role in carrying out treatment programs. They may choose or construct equipment that helps clients to function more independently, plan and carry out treatment occupations for individuals or groups of clients, and work closely with families as clients prepare to return home. The OTA focuses on treatment and health restoration through meaningful occupations and finds ways to restore function so that people can continue their pursuit of what means most to them in their lives.  

Which qualities or personal traits are useful in practicing occupational therapy?

OTAs need patience, understanding and compassion when dealing with clients facing health problems. Patience is important because many clients may not show rapid progress and practitioners must be prepared for that challenge. Compassion and understanding are also vital when working with clients who have disabilities that require them to undergo extensive and sometimes painful treatment in order to improve function. OT professionals must have a passion for performing life-changing work. Part of that passion includes a drive to use creative problem-solving to come up with treatments and adaptations that will be meaningful to the people they serve and that will help them fulfill their life’s most important occupations and roles.  

What is the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants?

The U.S Department of Labor predicts that employment for OT assistants will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022 and will increase by 40% or more.

What is the salary for occupational therapy assistants?

The median wage is $53,000.  

Where do occupational therapy practitioners work?

Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of job settings. Public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, physician practices, community agencies and home health agencies are all job settings that may employ occupational therapy practitioners.  

Does occupational therapy offer opportunities for individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds?

Yes, the OT profession wants to increase the number of practitioners representing culturally diverse backgrounds. Target populations include African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. Other underrepresented groups include people with disabilities and men.  


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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is


The OTA Program graduates currently have a perfect, 100% pass rate on the national certification exam.


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As of 2015, over 75% of OTA Program graduates are gainfully employed in the OTA profession in the state of Ohio and across the United States.

What are the requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

  • American College Test (ACT) composite score of 17 or higher or the equivalent composite SAT score.
  • A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) for recent course work from an educational institution.
  • A 20-hour documented observation experience with an OTR/L or a COTA ( Observation Verification and Recommendation Form can be found here).
  • Submission of the personal essay. You must submit a personal essay of 500 words answering the following questions: 1) Why do you want to be an occupational therapy assistant; and, 2) What attracted you to the profession of occupational therapy? Please keep your essay within the range of 500-1000 words. The essay must be typed using Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Completion of the Marion Technical College Technology Skills Test (TST).
  • Submission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application.
  • Completion of SCI 1050 at Marion Technical College or its college course equivalent.
  • Completion of MTH 0990 at Marion Technical College or its college course equivalent.
  • In order to graduate the program in two calendar years, it is necessary to either place into the college courses required for the degree or to take their prerequisite courses prior to entering the program.

Once ACCEPTED INTO THE OTA Program at MTC students will complete the following BEFORE February 1 during the first academic year in the OTA Program:

  • Satisfactory medical examination from a physician to include specified laboratory tests, immunizations and drug screen. Validation of this requirement must be received by the OTA Program Clinical Coordinator and the OTA Administrative Assistant prior to any fieldwork or clinical experiences.
  • Current basic CPR with professional AED level certification (infant, child, and adult CPR, choking victim and AED).
  • Students admitted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests as specified in Sec. 4755.70 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • Successful completion of four years of high school, or a standard equivalency test, or certification of equivalent education by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Completion of all MTC general admission requirements, and a non-refundable application fee.

MTC General Admission: Information regarding the general admission process to MTC can be obtained online at: or by contacting the Admissions Office at: 740-389-4636. The general admission process must be completed before applications to the OTA Program will be considered.


Program Duration: 

The OTA program starts in the fall term and is designed for completion in 5 consecutive semesters.  Students can take some courses toward the degree prior to admission. It will take a minimum of 5 semesters to complete the program once admitted because of the sequence of the professional courses in the OTA program.

Travel to Clinical Sites:

Students enrolled in the OTA program at MTC will have the opportunity to complete clinical assignments in conjunction to classroom and lab instruction. Clinical assignments for students are arranged so that all students can benefit by learning through a variety of clinical experiences.  Such assignments may be in clinical facilities outside the college’s immediate service area.

Application Deadline: 

Applications to the OTA Program at Marion Technical College must be completed and submitted to Marion Technical College by April 1st in order to begin the program the following fall.

If required, college foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements. A complete listing of all requirements is available at

To get started in this Medical Sciences Program, contact the MTC Office of Admissions for an appointment, by e-mail at or by phone at 740-389-4636, extension 334.


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