Occupational Therapy Assistant

We are glad to see you are interested in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

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), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301) 652-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.

Certification and NBCOT Pass Rates

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.

Recorded Information Session

Live Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program Information Sessions are now being completed on-demand as a recording. If you are interested in information about the OTA Program or looking to apply to the OTA Program for admission to the fall 2022 cohort, students will listen to a recorded Information Session.  After watching the entire recorded Information Session, students will answer a few questions to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate of attendance is part of the requirements of admission to the program.

To access the recorded Info session, please email Enrollment Services at enrollmentservices@anokatech.edu with your name and email address indicating you would like access to the recorded Information Session. A link to the recorded session will be sent to the email address indicated. After listening to the one-hour session, students must email Enrollment Services once the recording is finished. Enrollment Services will then email students documents and a survey to complete. Students will send back the survey and a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed after the survey is received.

Follow the instructions to apply to the program as indicated in the Information Session recording. If there are questions, please reach out to Enrollment Services at the email above.  

If accepted to the program, an orientation to the OTA Program will be completed prior to August 23, 2022.

Also see Important Dates below.

Important Dates

TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.
OTA Application Period Opens for Fall Semester 2022
 Dec. 6, 2021
Mandatory Orientation for Students Accepted in Program
Date Time
Tuesday August 16, 2022
 1pm
                                                                   

Program Costs

Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Costs*  
Admission Assessments (if required) 
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Accuplacer: 1st test free
Application free
$92
Retest on Acuplacer $10
Tuition: General Education 15 credits (online or seated)
Online cost: (COMM 1500 is only offered online)
Seated course: 
$3090.60 online cost 15 credits
$206.04 per credit
$191.03 per credit
Tuition: OTA Program 56 credits
55 credits are seated
1 credit online
Total OTA tuition cost

$10,506.65 ($191.03 per credit)
$206.04 per credit
$10,712.68
OTA Course Fees (costs subject to change) $455
Text Books and Subscriptions (approximately) $1800
Professional Memberships  $175
TherapyEd study course fee (optional) $140
Certification Exam (after graduation- online application) $515
MN License (after graduation) $105
Miscellaneous Costs:
Fieldwork housing, transportation, food; or other supplies for class 
varies
Total: (costs may vary and are subject to change) $16,985.28

*Total cost for the OTA Program will vary depending on a variety of factors. All costs are subject to change due to purchasing agreements and curriculum updates. Tuition costs include parking, technology and student association fees. http://www.anokatech.edu/en/BecomeStudent/TuitionFees 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice using innovative and evidence-based interventions within the role of the entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  2. Demonstrate professional attributes, ethical standards, and values of the profession.
  3. Deliver competent services/outcomes by using reflection, strengths, client centered and occupation based interventions, and critical and creative thinking.
  4. Collaborate inter/intra professionally.
  5. Work with people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of practice settings serving the community.

Career Opportunities

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.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Accreditation

The associate-degree-level Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's phone number, C/O AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

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Admissions Requirements

Steps to Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program

You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  Please read the full explanations below this checklist.

  • Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
  • Complete the ACCUPLACER Assessments
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS)
  • Attend mandatory Information Session (dates found on website under “Important Dates” tab)
  • Apply to the OTA Program following the admissions criteria listed in Option #1 or #2 during the application period.

The application period dates and mandatory information session can be found on the OTA webpage under the “Important Dates” tab at: http://www.anokatech.edu/ProgramsCourses/HealthScienceTech/OccupationalTherapyAssistant.aspx  

Admission Criteria:

Option #1: Students who have a high school diploma/GED or Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree

  1. Successfully ACCUPLACER NEXT GEN/Classic ACCUPLACER or ACT assessment requirement
    o    Score of 275 or higher (or score of 81 or better on Classic Accuplacer) on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years
    OR score of 22 or higher on the Mathematics subject area of the ACT test taken within the past five (5) years
    OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past two (2) years
    o    Score of 250 or higher (or score 78 or better on Classic Accuplacer) on the Reading Comprehension portion of the Accuplacer within the past 5 years
    OR score of 21 or higher on the reading subject area of the ACT test taken within the past five (5) years
    OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past two (2) years  

  2.  Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) requirement and submit score results
    o    Adjusted Individual Total Score of 65% or higher
    on the ATI TEAS Assessment. There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.
  1. Submit Certificate of Attendance from Information Session.

 Option #2: Students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree

  1. Submit an official transcript of bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  2. Submit Certificate of Attendance from information session.
  3. The Accuplacer the ATI TEASE are not required.

All students who meet the admission requirements can apply to the program. Required documents must be submitted as an entire packet; the Enrollment Services Department will accept them via email as a PDF file. Application packets will first be accepted on Dec. 6, 2021 between 9 am to 4 pm for the cohort starting fall 2022. Application packets will continue to be accepted in the order received (by timestamp) until there are 30 qualified applicants. If there are more than 30 qualified applicant packets are received by 4 pm on Dec. 6, 2021, all qualified applicant packets received that day will be placed into a lottery. If less than 30 qualified applicant packets have been received on Dec. 6, 2021. all qualified applicant packets received that day will be accepted. If there are remaining seats open after Dec. 6, 2021 and more qualified applicant packets are received than seats available, a lottery will determine accepted applicants. After 30 qualified applicants are accepted, the remaining applicants will be placed on a “temporary wait list.” Upon submission of a complete applicant packet, applicants will be notified within  ten (10) business days via email, if they have a seat in the program or have been added to the wait list. Qualified application packets will continue to be accepted after the cohort is full, however, these applicants will continue to be placed on a “temporary wait list” in the order received. Applicants on the temporary wait list will be accepted into the program if a seat becomes available for the current cohort only. Temporary wait list applicants will be notified via email/phone call and will have 48 hours to accept their seat. If no response is received within 48 business hours, the next person will move up on the wait list and the applicant who did not respond will move to the bottom of the temporary wait list. There will be a deadline date described in the correspondence by which the applicant must officially accept their seat, attend program orientation**, complete college orientation and register for courses for the fall semester by Friday, May 6, 2022 or potentially forfeit their seat.

If a student (accepted or on wait list) has a hold on their account for financial or any other reason, they will have one week to rectify the hold or will be removed from either list, and will also be reordered at the bottom of the wait list.

**Students accepted to the program and those on the “temporary wait list” will need to attend a mandatory OTA Program orientation on Thursday, April 22, 2022 from 3 to 5:30 pm in Rm #126 or other venue if needed). Further details can be found on the OTA webpage in the Program Handbook under OTA Admission policies/ACOTE standards. Registration must occur within ten (10) working days of acceptance.

Students accepted into the OTA program will need to access internet services for completion of any online or hybrid courses (General Education or OTA Program). Internet, software and computer access and training are available on campus free of charge. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to utilize the online platform D2L Brightspace as evidenced by assignment submission, accessing content and taking exams/quizzes within the first week of the OTA Program.

PDF Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Requirements

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.

Course Prerequisities

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 MnTC General Education Requirements
 This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:
 ENGL 1107 Composition I (Goal 1&2) or ENGL 2105  Businessand Technical Writing (Goal 1&2)
4
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology (Goal 5)
4
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development (Goal 5)
4
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communication (Goal 1&7)
3
 Fall Semester 15
 COTA 1001
 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
4
 COTA 1050
 Clinical Conditions
4
 COTA 1105
 Therapeutic Applications I
3
 HLTH 1005
 Anatomy and Physiology
4
 Spring Semester 18
 COTA 1155
 Therapeutic Applications II
2
 COTA 1260
 Performance Skills and Applications
3
 COTA 1270
 Productive Aging/Geriatric Practice
4
 COTA 1280
 Mental Health and Wellness Practice
4
 COTA 1290
 Level I Fieldwork Behavioral
1
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology
4
 Summer Semester
11
 ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105  Composition I/Business and Technical Writing 4
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
4
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communication 3
 Fall Semester
15
 COTA 2310
 Professional Seminar  2
 COTA 2330
 Physical Rehabilitation Practice  4
 COTA 2340
 Children and Youth Practice  4
 COTA 2350
 Community Practice
 4
 COTA 2391
 Level I Fieldwork Traditional
 1
 Spring Semester
12
 COTA 2411
 Level II Fieldwork Rotation A
6
 COTA 2421
 Level II Fieldwork Rotation B 6

Fieldwork

Beginning with the second semester of the program, each student will participate in a Level I Fieldwork placement. The second rotation of Level I Fieldwork will take place during the third semester.  Two Level II Fieldwork Placements will take place 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. Possible opportunities for out of state fieldwork experiences may be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 250 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 are purchased by the college and paid through student course fees. Student have the option to purchase liability insurance on his or her own.

Graduation Requirements and Rates

All COTA courses and HLTH1005 must be completed with a grade of C or higher. All ENGL, PSYC, and SPCH courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Month/Year
Students Entering the Program
Students Graduating
Retention Rate
May 2019
28
August 2017
23
82%
May 2020
30
August 2019
21
70%
 May 2021

 28
August 2020

 20 71%
Three year total
(2019, 2020, 2021)
86 64
74%

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

Faculty

For more Information about the occupational therapy field or the program, email
futureotastudent@anokatech.edu

Barb Kloetzke
BKloetzke@anokatech.edu

Julie Grivna
JGrivna@anokatech.edu

Becky Johnson
BJohnson1@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710