Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)


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OTA Program Application Deadline Update

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will be extending its 2020 application deadline to July 1 in order to accommodate individuals having difficulty completing application materials due to the current recommendations from the Governor.  Please see the associated links for more details and check back frequently for updates.

We also understand that you may be unable to accumulate the necessary number of observation hours to complete your application.  We do not want to exclude anyone interested in our program. If you have not completed all 40 of the required observation hours, you may complete modules in an online course when you submit your application to the program.  To do so, you must be registered as an MTC student, so be sure that you submit your general college application if you are not already a registered student.

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Program Description

The Program – Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Occupational Therapy Assistants treat clients of any age using purposeful activities and meaningful occupations to regain skills needed for independent, satisfactory, and productive living.  Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, an OTA can treat clients with cognitive, physical, emotional, and/or developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.

Important Information for Program

If you would like to make a critical difference for patients to be able to regain skills and be able to perform the activities of daily living, and you’d like a field growing 19% over the next decade, an occupational therapy assistant is a great option for you.  Information regarding tuition and fees is available here: https://www.mtc.edu/tuition-and-fees/

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 www.ohioalliedhealth.com

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

**Please Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Applicants are encouraged to contact NBCOT for an early determination review.

What you’ll learn

  • Demonstrate basic clinical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills essential to client-centered occupational therapy practice.
  • Internalize the importance of fundamental skills and knowledge in the field and the entry-level competencies crucial to the occupational therapy assistant upon completion of the program.
  • Learn the philosophy of occupational therapy and that occupation is a powerful medium that is an organizing force in human life and can also be used to promote health and well-being.
  • Examine the performance of occupations in the areas of activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation.
  • Select and apply appropriate occupational therapy theories and frames of reference as a foundation for assessment and intervention processes in classroom and fieldwork settings.
  • Select and apply appropriate concepts of occupational therapy to enhance client participation in a variety of contexts through the adaptation of the environment, the modification of the task, or the treatment of the person.
  • Internalize the occupational therapy processes necessary to provide effective intervention strategies and quality services to a diverse population across the span of practice settings for an occupational therapy assistant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use screening tools and to use appropriate occupations, tasks, and activities to promote and restore health in a wide variety of service delivery systems in classroom and fieldwork settings.
  • Internalize the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
  • Internalize the standards, ethics, and professional behaviors of an occupational therapy assistant upon completion of the program.
  • Internalize the value of lifelong learning, professional development, and research to continuously improve the skill set of the individual and best practices within the occupational therapy profession.

Your Degree
Associate of Applied Science

Two-year, full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core technical courses along with science, health terminology, psychology, computer, and general education classes; required clinical experiences provide professional development in the workplace.


Graduates of the 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 exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the (OTA) Program, your application file should contain the following:

  1. American College Test (ACT) composite score of 17 or higher or equivalent SAT composite score; or, an associate’s degree or higher in lieu of the ACT score.
  2. Basic computer skills prior to admission to the program. This can be satisfied through the successful completion of MTC’S TST.
  3. A minimum overall 2.75-grade point average (GPA).
  4. A 40-hour documented observation experience with an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant.
  5. A personal essay describing your strategies for balance between life and education, and career, goals as you begin a career as an occupational therapy assistant.
  6. 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.
  7. Completion of all MTC general admission requirements, including Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  8. Submission of the OTA Program Application.
  9. In order to graduate from 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.

After Admission to the Program:

  1. Students admitted into the program are required to obtain CPR for Healthcare Providers, which must be maintained until graduation from the program.
  2. 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 a certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests as specified in ORC 4755.11 will be ineligible for admission into the program.


The OTA Program graduates currently have a 98% pass rate on the national certification exam.

Year Number of Program Graduates Taking the Test Number of Test Takers Who Passed the Exam Percentage of test-takers who passed the exam
2017 18 18 100%
2018 19 17 89%
2019 18 16 89%
Total 55 51 92%

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


The total number of graduates from the MTC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three-year period of 2018-2020 was 52 with an overall graduation rate of 80%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 24/19 79%
2019 24/18 75%
2020 17/15 88%
Total 65/52 80%


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

Program Accreditation

The Marion Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200

North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-2682
e-mail: accred@aota.org
website: www.acoteonline.org

The MTC OTA Program has been ACOTE accredited since 2011.

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu


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