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Occupational therapy is a vibrant, growing profession that makes it possible for people, young and old, to regain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference and Anoka Technical College can help you get there.

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Potential Jobs:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant 
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator/Activity Director
  • Behavior Specialist

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $27.94 per hour
Top Earners: $31.56 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Details

Program Details

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a 71-credit program. Course work includes a combination of general education courses, occupational therapy theory and skill building courses, and on the job experiences at various fieldwork sites. Portions of the curriculum are delivered in hybrid format. All academic coursework must be completed before students are placed on Level II Fieldwork experience. Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of completing the required coursework. Enrollment in the fieldwork courses may be limited due the availability of fieldwork sites. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the fieldwork sites.

  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.

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 independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference. You will improve the lives of children, young people, and adults alike. 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.

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 cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities.

Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and nursing homes. In these settings, they may support people with traumatic injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems.

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

ACOTE 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 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 652-AOTA. www.acoteonline.org

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensur

Application Dates

Application period for fall semester 2024 begins Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 at 9 am.

Admission Guidelines

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 and review OTA Program Admission Requirements, Timeline.

  1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
  2. Complete the ACCUPLACER Assessments
  3. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS)
  4. Attend mandatory program Information Session. RSVP
  5. Apply to the OTA Program using the supplemental program application

If you are interested in the OTA Program at Anoka Technical College the following changes are made for summer admission to the program.

Email Enrollment Services at enrollmentservices@anokatech.edu to obtain a link for the recorded Information Session. Please note the transcript is not completely accurate in transcription.

Listen to the recorded Information Session. When complete, email Enrollment services and they will email you a survey to fill out. Once you return the survey, you will be emailed a certificate of attendance.

Apply to the college and get admitted. Submit your completed OTA admission packet.

Complete College orientation. Register for classes before the mandatory OTA Program Orientation for accepted and waitlisted students is Thursday, August 8 from 3 to 5:30 pm in room 126.

Additional Resources

OTA Program Admission Policies

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

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:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL 1107 or ENGL 2105 Composition I (Goal 1&2) or ENGL 2105  Business and 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

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 15
 COTA 1002  Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Part 1 2
 COTA 1007  Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Part 2 2
 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


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.


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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 above and can also be accessed at nbcot.org.

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Graduation Rates

Graduation Month/Year
Students Entering the Program
Students Graduating Retention Rate
May 2021 30 - August 2019 21 70%
 May 2022

 29 - August 2021



May 2023

25 - August 2022



Three year total
(2021, 2022, 2023)
84 60 71.43%

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Costs*

Admission Assessments (if required) 
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Accuplacer: 1st test free
  • Free Application
  • $97 (in person); $120 (online proctor)
  • Retest on Acuplacer $10
Tuition: General Education 15 credits (online or seated)
Online cost: (COMM 1500 is only offered online)
Seated course: 
  • $3,279.90 online cost 15 credits
  • $218.66 per credit (2023 cost)
  •  $208.90 per credit (2023 cost)
Tuition: OTA Program 56 credits
54 credits are seated
2 credits online
Total OTA tuition cost
  • $11,280.60  ($208.90 per credit)
  • $437.32
  • $11,717.92
OTA Course Fees (costs subject to change) $551.60
Textbooks, Subscriptions and Graduation Regalia (Cap and Gown) (approximately) $2,100
Professional Memberships  $175
TherapyEd study course fee (optional) $140
Transcript Fee $7.50
Certification Exam (after graduation- online application) $515
MN License (after graduation) $105
Miscellaneous Costs:
Fieldwork housing, transportation, food; or other supplies for class 
Total: (costs may vary and are subject to change) $18,668

*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. 

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Over 90% of full-time undergraduate college students at Anoka Tech receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans or work-study.

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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 275 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. Students have the option to purchase liability insurance on their own.

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.

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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