Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associates Degree  |  Ozark Campus  |  In-Person

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field of 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 their ability to perform meaningful occupations. 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.

Students must complete 28 hours of platform general education courses and 43 hours of OTA technical coursework.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  •  Learn OT procedures and practice specific procedures on fellow OTA students.
  • Participate in laboratory activities to demonstrate skills and serve as a simulated patient for their classmates.
  • Working with patients in a clinical facility as a student for 40 hours per week while under the supervision of a fieldwork instructor.

Skills You Will Learn

  •  Activities of daily living
  • Assistive technology fabrication
  • Evidenced-based practice
  • Group therapy
  • Learn assessment administration and intervention selection for pediatrics, adult rehab, geriatrics and mental health-related settings
  • Management skills
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Orthotic fabrication
  • Physical agent modalities
  • Professionalism
  • Service to the community
  • Successful completion of home/community assessment and modifications


About This Degree


In-State: $129 per credit hour

Out-of-State: $258 per credit hour

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility


You could work as a(n):

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant in a rehab facility
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant in an area hospital
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant in a senior care facility

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Friendship Pediatrics
  • Incite Therapy
  • Pediatric Plus
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

Point of Pride

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at ATU Ozark has a 95% graduation rate of students over the past three years.



Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.


Program Director

Wendi Pool

Wendi Pool
Program Chair

Morton Hall
1700 West C Street
Russellville, AR 72801

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6100

Deidre Huey
Clinical Coordinator

Morton Hall
1700 West C Street
Russellville, AR  72801

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6101

Sharyl Moffit

Sharyl Moffit
Administrative Assistant

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6105