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.

24/7
support in the ICC Academic Support Center

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

COMPLETION TIME

24 Months

if Full Time

6 Semesters
67.5 Total Credit Hours


What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.

ESTIMATED COST

$10,463

+ supplies & fees

Based on 2022-23


What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

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 supplemental 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

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Graduation Rate

YearStudents AdmittedStudents Earn DegreeGraduation Rate
2018161487.5%
2019161487.5%
2020161381.25%
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
201814141393%
2019141414100%
2020131111100%
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
201814785.7%85.7%
201914580%80%
202013670%90%
Note: Data is based on the response rate and not representative of all program graduates.

Employer Satisfaction

YearGraduatesEmployers Responding to SurveyEmployers Rate Graduates as Exceeds or Meets Expectations
2018142 (5% respond 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.

How Am I Going to Manage This?

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