Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a 71-credit, two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). www.acoteonline.org

Course work includes:
  • MnTC/general education courses.
  • occupational therapy theory and skill building courses.
  • on-the-job experiences at various fieldwork sites.

Graduation Rates And Certification Exam Results

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Results 

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate Certification Exam Results
2015 29/23 79% 100%
2016 30/27 90%  96%
 76%  85%
Total 88/72 82% 93.67%

Important Dates

OTA Program Information Sessions
Date Time Rm
TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
Date Start Rm


All required documentation must be submitted in person; Enrollment Services will be unable to receive them via mail, online or fax.

Admission criteria:

Option #1
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Complete appropriate test scores and the Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Heath (ATI-TEAS).
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session

Option #2: Students who have Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Submit an official transcript of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session

Background Study

Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.


 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1055  Electronic Health Records
 COTA 1000  Introduction to Occupational Therapy
 COTA 1100  Therapeutic Modalities I
 1COTA 1150  Therapeutic Modalities II
 1COTA 1220  Pediatric Principles & Techniques
 1COTA 1255  Physical Dysfunction Principles & Techniques I
 COTA 1370  Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
 COTA 2001  Organization and Administration of an Activity Program
 4COTA 2010  Level 1 Fieldwork
 COTA 2011  Fieldwork Seminar I
 2COTA 2205  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques
 3COTA 2255  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques II
 COTA 2410  Level 2 Fieldwork in Psychosocial Setting
 COTA 2420  Level 2 Fieldwork in Rehabilitation Setting
 COTA 2450  Fieldwork Seminar II
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology  4
 HLTH 1010  Medical Terminology  1
 TOTAL   52
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Nineteen (19) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1105  Composition I

 ENGL 2105  English and Technical Writing
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Human Development
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
 PSYC 1605  Abnormal Psychology
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications

 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
 TOTAL    19
COTA 1000, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, is a prerequisite for all other OTA program courses. All required coursework must be successfully completed before participating in Level 2 Fieldwork experiences.
[1]    The prerequisite to this course is HLTH 1005, Anatomy and Physiology
[2]    The prerequisite to this course is PSYC 1605, Abnormal Psychology or taken concurrently.
[3]    The prerequisite to this course is COTA 1220, Pediatric Principles
[3]    The prerequisite to this course is COTA 1220, Pediatric Principles & Techniques and COTA 1255,
        Physical Dysfunction Principles & Techniques I.
[4]    Requires a current CPR for the Healthcare Worker Card.

2017-2018 Program Sequence

2017-2018 Program Sequence 
First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
COTA 1001
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
COTA 1050
Clinical Conditions
COTA 1105
Therapeutic Applications I
HLTH 1005
Anatomy and Physiology

Second Semester
COTA 1155
Therapeutic Applications II
COTA 1260
Performance Skills and Applications
COTA 1270
Productive Aging/Geriatric Practice
COTA 1280
Mental Health and Wellness Practice
COTA 1290
Level I Fieldwork Behavioral
PSYC 1406
General Psychology
Summer Semester
PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
ENGL 1107
Composition I
ENGL 2105
Business and Technical Writing
SPCH 1500
Intercultural Communication 3
Third Semester
COTA 2310
Professional Seminar  2
COTA 2330
Physical Rehabilitation Practice  4
COTA 2340
Children and Youth Practice  4
COTA 2350
Community Practice
COTA 2390
Level I Fieldwork Traditional
 Fourth Semester
COTA 2411
Level II Fieldwork Rotation A
COTA 2421
Level II Fieldwork Rotation B 6
TOTAL   12


The program's current accreditation status: ACCREDITATION

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Anoka Technical College 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 phone number, C/O AOTA, is  301-652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.


Certification Exam

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion, graduates will be Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).

Most states, including Minnesota, also require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to take the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Pass Rates on the National Certification Exam

NBCOT pass rates on the Certification Exam are indicated on the OTA Home Page and can also be accessed by clicking on the NBCOT hyperlink.


In the second year of the program, each student will participation in two Level I Fieldwork placements during the third semester and two Level II Fieldwork Placements in the fourth semester.These experiences will be assigned from a wide variety of facilities including outstate and local hospitals, extended care facilities , school districts, day treatment centers, residential facilities and other community agencies.

Enrollment in the fieldwork classes may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. No out of state fieldwork experiences will be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 50 miles due to availability of fieldwork sites.

Before starting the Level II Fieldwork , all required course work of the OTA program must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C," and the student must have a 2.0 grade point average. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of completing the required academic coursework.

Prior to these experiences, the student will:

  • Complete a Health Information sheet
  • Sign a Hepatitis B form
  • Receive a Mantoux test (a positive result requires a chest x-ray)
  • Complete a background study
  • Other items as assigned

Prior to starting the Level I Fieldwork, the student will:

  • Secure a current CPR for the healthcare worker card.

An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in the fieldwork experiences.

Transportation to fieldwork facilities will be the responsibility of each student. Some of the facilities may be reached by public transportation.

Students are expected to be professional regarding their attitude, behavior, and appearance. The student will be required to get a student I.D. card and carry professional liability insurance. Student professional liability insurance will be purchased by the group at the start of the second year of the program.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

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Industry Information

Young or old, we all have a job to do–the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families and ourselves are among the “occupations” of life.

Sometimes physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they’d like.

Occupational therapy, a vibrant, growing profession, makes it possible for people to regain and/or maintain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference in the lives of others.

Occupational therapy assistants work with the supervision of registered occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life or maintain their current healthy lifestyle. Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in varied settings with people of all ages. Many practitioners help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood – learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Others work with children who have physical or cognitive problems in outpatient clinics. 

Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, work settings, day treatment centers, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and/or continuing care communities. In these settings, practitioners may support people who have difficulty performing the “occupations” of life.

Some common conditions that occupational therapy assistants work with are: cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing issues, autism, traumatic brain injury, work-related injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, depression, schizophrenia, and many others. Anyone having a condition that impacts their ability to perform daily tasks (occupations) could benefit from occupational therapy.



Barb Kloetzke

Julie Grivna

Lea Truchon

For information regarding the profession of occupational therapy or program related questions, email:

Enrollment Services

“The Occupational Therapy Assistant teachers at Anoka Technical College genuinely care. If you talk to them [about your unique situation], they will work with you so you can keep learning. They are truly invested in making sure each of their students is the best he or she can be, which is why employers want Anoka Tech graduates.”