Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Descriptions
Tuition and Fees

Gainful Employment

Accreditation Statement

Admission Requirements
Application Packet

Selection Process

Course Sequence
Curriculum Design

OTA Mission
and Philosophy

Program Goals and
Student Objectives

NBCOT Pass Rate


The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field of as Occupational Therapy Assistants. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, provides rehabilitative services to individuals with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities. The COTA's purpose is to improve a client's quality of life and enhance his/her ability to perform daily activities. COTAs provide clients with adaptive skills that enable them to reenter the workforce, instruct clients in compensating for a loss of motor skill function, and plan activities that increase the independence of the physically and/or developmentally disabled.


The OTA program housed in Morton Hall in Russellville, 1700 West C Street – is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. (Click here for the summary report from the ACOTE on-site visit.)


After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a COTA. In addition, most 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. 

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

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

The Arkansas Tech-Ozark OTA Program does not currently accept work experience or transfer credit for OTA core classes. For information on transfer or experiential credit for prerequisite classes please visit https://www.atu.edu/ozark/registrar/transfercredit.php

The total number of graduates from the Arkansas Tech-Ozark OTA program during the three year period of 2013-2015 was 34 with an overall graduation rate of 83%.

Graduation Year

Student (Entering/Graduating)

Graduation Rate

2013 19/16 84%
2014 22/18 82%
2015 21/Pending Pending
TOTAL 41/34 83%


Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.



Program Chair
Wendi Pool
Morton Hall (Russellville)
(479) 880-4175

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Lindsey Peck
(479) 880-4241