Occupational Therapy Assistant

Make a difference, as an occupational therapy assistant

If you have a heart for helping people, consider the Occupational Therapy Assistant Track of the new Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (BSRS-OTA) at IU Kokomo. This degree will combine classroom, laboratory, fieldwork, and clinical experiences to prepare students for work in the rehabilitation field. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant will prepare you to work as an OTA in many settings and will serve as an excellent base for graduate study in a healthcare field such as Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy.

Students complete the first two years in prerequisite coursework, with the clinical major occurring in the junior and senior year. We anticipate welcoming students into the junior level clinical major in Fall 2023. The application cycle for the first cohort will begin in Spring of 2023. Please continue to check back to the website for more information.

Take the first steps now! Contact iukota@iuk.edu to begin your journey.

What does an Occupational Therapy Assistant do?

Occupational therapy assistants work alongside occupational therapists to assist individuals to participate in meaningful and purposeful activities, such as self-care, social participation, play and leisure activities, driving, education, work, and more to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability, and maintain health.

What skills does an OTA need?

  • Implement client-focused intervention plans
  • Monitor client-progress to insure they are successfully meeting their goals
  • Use therapeutic relationships to support clients during the rehabilitation process
  • Assist clients in finding solutions that improve their independence, safety, and quality of life

#2Ranking in best health care support jobs in 2021.

36%Projected Job Growth by 2030.

$62,940Median Annual Salary for Occupational Therapy Assistant.

For more information email iukota@iuk.edu or call Christina Douglas, program director, at 765-455-9225.

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

* Students must complete 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as a baccalaureate project within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.