Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

The occupational therapy assistant (OTA) collaborates with the supervising occupational therapist (OT) to help individuals and/or groups impacted by dysfunction in physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory areas adapt and accomplish everyday life activities.

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The OTA program prepares students with a combination of on-campus coursework and participation in clinicals to apply the skills learned in the classroom. Clinical sites include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, special education programs in schools, orthopedic clinics, and home health agencies.

A Quality Education

Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Get Involved

Network with other students through the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (SOTA)

Career Opportunities

Occupational Therapy Assistant


24 Months

if Full Time

6 Semesters
67.5 Total Credit Hours

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16 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

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How Do I Get Into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

As an OTA you are a valuable member of an interprofessional team whose goal is to promote physical and mental health, well-being, and function. Talk to ad Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy.
  2. Submit health science application.
  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  4. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  5. High school coursework in English, math, science, and computer keyboarding are beneficial.
  6. Once accepted to the program, students will have to complete a drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam and immunizations.

What Can I Expect As an Occupational Therapy Assistant Student?

Program Outcomes

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The Innovative Bridge to Health Careers Program is an 8-week program that will engage participants in training designed to introduce and academically prepare them for entry into the various ICC Health Career opportunities.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Graduation Rate

YearStudents AdmittedStudents Earn DegreeGraduation Rate
Note: Graduation persistence data may seem to vary significantly from year to year because the starting cohorts are small.

Results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination

YearGraduatesTest TakersPassed ExamNBCOT Pass Rate
2018, 2019, & 202041393897.5%
Note: For comparison of Illinois Central College’s OTA Program to other schools

Graduate Preparedness and Job Placement

YearGraduatesGraduates Responding to SurveySurvey Responders Securing Employment in OT or Related FieldGraduate Report Ability to Function as an Entry Level OTA
Note: Data is based on response rates and is not representative of all program graduates.

Employer Satisfaction

YearGraduatesEmployers Responding to SurveyEmployers Rate Graduates as Exceeds or Meets Expectations
2018142 (5% response rate)100%
2019134 (40% response rate)100%
2020134 (40% response rate)75%
Note: Data is based on response rate and not representative of all employers.


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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE´s telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611. Web address is www.acoteonline.org

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).  NBCOT will ask questions related to the topic of felonies.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.  NBCOT contact information is One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 990-7979. Email is [email protected] and web address is www.nbcot.org

After successful completion of NBCOT exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on results of the NBCOT certification exam. Credentialing is a function of the NBCOT, not Illinois Central College or the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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