program overview

occupational therapy assistant

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* this program is financial aid eligible.
the occupational therapy assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.

course work includes human growth and development, conditions which interfere with activities of daily living, theory and process of occupational therapy, individual/group treatment activities, therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments.

graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant. employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs, and community programs.

the 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 telephone number, c/o aota, is 301-652-aota and its web address is

the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant is administered by the national board for certification in occupational therapy (nbcot). after successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (cota). in addition, most states, including north carolina, require licensure to practice as a cota; licensure in north carolina is based on results of the nbcot certification examination. a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the nbcot certification examination or attain state licensure. these processes are separate from the college’s program and graduation requirements. students are encouraged to contact nbcot for additional information.

view program results from the national board for certification in occupational therapy (nbcot) and durham tech program outcomes.

students may become members of the student occupational therapy association (sota).

students are required to attend an information session prior to applying to the program. online information sessions will be available here in june.

how to apply: 

program applications are accepted september 14– november 13 for a program start the following summer.

  1. view the admissions checklist.
  2. use the button below to apply to durham tech following the health technologies enrollment steps. you may apply to the college at any time. once prerequisites are completed,
  3. apply to the ota program using the program admissions application. please note the electronic submission instructions included on the application form.
  4. the essential skills required and technology proficiency forms must also be completed for admission into the program.

if you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the above information, you may contact christine gunnigle​​​​​​ or donna alston.

summer application deadline is oct 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)

minimum credit hours



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program stats

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estimated completion time

24 months
archery target

licensure pass rate


current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
bio-168 anatomy and physiology i 4
bio-169 anatomy and physiology ii 4
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
ota-110 fundamentals of ot 3
ota-130 assessment skills 3
ota-161 fieldwork i-placement 1 1
ota-162 fieldwork i-placement 2 1
ota-164 fieldwork i-placement 4 1
ota-170 physical conditions 3
ota-180 psychosocial conditions 3
ota-240 professional skills ii 1
ota-250 adult concepts and interventions 3
ota-260 level ii fieldwork placement 1 6
ota-261 level ii fieldwork placement 2 6
ota-280 professional transitions 1
psy-150 general psychology 3
psy-241 developmental psychology 3
psy-281 abnormal psychology 3
headshot of Hanna Robinson

“i moved from asheville just to come to this program because durham tech has one of the best occupational therapy assistant programs in the state. our instructors stress the fact that the ot field is a very close knit community and i’ve really enjoyed getting to know my classmates. the instructors are really incredible. they provide a vast amount of information that you don’t typically see at community colleges.”

—hanna robinson