Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant  associate degree | atu ozark

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

  • Laboratory activities practiced on both real and simulated patients
  • Provide interventions for the pediatric population
  • Provide occupational therapy services for up to 40 hours per week while under the supervision of a fieldwork instructor
  • Community service projects

Skills You Will Learn

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professionalism
  • Management skills
  • Self-care skills
  • Group therapy
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Orthotic fabrication
  • Physical agent modalities
  • Assistive technology fabrication
  • Home and community modifications
  • Pediatric, adult and elder assessments
  • Pediatric, adult and elder interventions

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

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You could work as a(n):

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant in a pediatric facility
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant in an rehab facility
  • 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 Therapist Assistant Program at ATU Ozark has a 100% Pass Rate on the National Board Certification.


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


Additional Program Information


March 1: OTA program application deadline




Admission Requirements
Selection Process
Course Sequence
OTA Mission and Philosophy
Goals & Student Objectives
Program Costs Per Semester 2023-2024
NBCOT Pass Rate



Accreditation Statement
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education


(479) 508-8500 ext. 6503

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2023 16/15 94%
2022 20/15 75%
2021 20/17 85%
Total 56/47 84%
The total number of graduates from the Arkansas Tech University Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2021-2023 was 56 with an overall graduation rate of 84%.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT):


Program Faculty

Wendi Pool

Wendi Pool
Program Chair

Morton Hall
1700 West C Street
Russellville, AR 72801

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6100

Rebekah Redman

Rebekah Redman
Clinical Coordinator

Morton Hall
1700 West C Street
Russellville, AR  72801

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6101