Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

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

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

The OTA program prepares students with a combination of on-campus coursework, experiential learning opportunities in the community and fieldwork experiences to apply the skills learned in the classroom. Fieldwork sites include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention services, 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 Semesters66.5 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

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+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

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16 Students

average per class

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

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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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 700 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?


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. Email is [email protected] and web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Additional Information

National Certification Examination

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. View school performance data.

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