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Associate of Science Degree – Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA Associate Degree Program in Utah

With our accredited program in Utah, you can earn your Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and enter one of the fastest growing professions in as little as 20 months.

Next Start Date: January 10, 2022

COVID-19 Update: Rising to the Challenge

Whether you are a current or prospective student, the world needs competent, well-trained healthcare professionals more than ever. Ameritech is committed to helping our students move forward in their education, while keeping our community safe as our first priority. Here is what we are doing to rise to the challenge:

Why Ameritech’s OTA Program?

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Join the Workforce Faster

Earn your Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and graduate job-ready in as little as 20 months.


Utah’s Healthcare Leader

Ameritech is best known for its stellar reputation. You can count on our expertise, academic reputation, and experienced, supportive faculty to ensure your success in our program and your future career.

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No College Prerequisites Required

With no prior college credit prerequisites for admission, you can start and complete your OTA program faster—and quickly be on your way to starting your career. Learn more about our admissions requirements.

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Job Placement

We offer dedicated career placement services to help you transition successfully from student to working professional.

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Accredited OTA Program

We are proud to be one of only two OTA programs in Utah that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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Ameritech’s OTA program is everything that I expected and more. It’s amazing. The people who work there are really concerned with their students—wanting to make sure they’re taken care of and really wanting to make sure you succeed in this program. They’re great. I would obviously give them an A+.

Nanci ArroyoAmeritech OTA Student, Class of 2019

Why Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Earn Great Wages

An OTA is one of the best-paying jobs that you can get with an Associate degree, with top-earners bringing home over $82,210 a year and a median annual wage of $61,510 a year in 2019.*
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019

High Job Satisfaction

As an OTA, you’ll make a living improving the lives of others, while enjoying a competitive salary and flexible hours. It’s no wonder that it’s been featured in U.S. News & World Report, “100 Best Jobs of 2021”.

Strong Job Outlook

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow by 35% from 2019-2029, much faster than the average for all occupations* —and demand is expected to increase even more due to the aging baby boomer population.
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019

Do More of What You Love

As an OTA, you will help clients achieve their maximum potential in safely participating in the activities that are meaningful to them.

Spend More Quality Time with Patients

As an OTA, you work with clients in many different settings and situations to improve their quality of life.

Better Work/Life Balance

As an OTA, there are many practice settings in which to work, such as school-based, hospital settings, and home health that will allow for some flexibility in your work life to maintain a healthy life balance.

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Next Start Date: January 10, 2022

Our OTA program offers two enrollment dates annually, with the next start date being January 10th. Given high-demand for the program, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

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Being a CNA, you get kind of burned out. A lot of times, you’re just rushing and doing ADLs. You’re not getting to teach patients or spend a lot of time with them. As an OTA, you get to teach clients how to dress themselves—it’s just not ‘hurry up’ and you do it for them. And then, you get the one-on-one time that I really like. You’re only working with one person at a time vs. at the hospital where I’d get assigned seven patients at a time and you didn’t get to know your clients. As an OTA, I’m not just feeling like I’m doing busy work—I get more personal time with patients.

Kristina BoyceAmeritech OTA Student, Class of 2019

Learn from Utah’s Healthcare Leaders

Ameritech is best known for its stellar reputation. We are proud to have helped thousands of students graduate and find employment in the fast-growing medical profession. We are committed to helping every student succeed academically and in their future careers—no matter your background or experience level.

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Job Placement Assistance

Our dedicated career services provide students with job placement assistance, giving you an indispensable resource for new employment opportunities.

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Excellent Facilities

Our Draper campus offers OTA students an ideal learning environment with life-like lab environments and a dynamic, highly relevant curriculum.

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Small Class Sizes

We keep our class sizes small, so you can build relationships with your teachers and get the personal attention you need to succeed.

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Hands-on, Experiential Learning

Our hands-on program provides you with the real world experience needed to be a competent entry-level OTA on the day you graduate—with the skills you need to build a lasting career in healthcare.

Our OTA Program At-A-Glance

66 Total Credit Hours

Degree Level

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Program Length

75 Weeks (5 semesters)


Ameritech’s Draper Campus

Required Clinical / Externship Hours

16 Weeks of Level II Fieldwork

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares graduates to work with individuals and groups who are experiencing difficulties in participating in and/or completing everyday living tasks as a result from physical injury or illness, mental health concerns, developmental or learning disabilities, or the aging process. Students learn to utilize evidence-based practice, occupation-based, and client-centered approaches to patient/client care to assist clients in achieving their highest level of function and independence for improving the clients quality of life. The OTA participates in all aspects of the occupational therapy process including, assessing client needs, providing feedback on therapeutic goals, treatment intervention planning, and discharge planning. Once the supervising OT creates a plan of care for the client, the OTA is responsible for planning and carrying out treatment intervention sessions, communicating with clients, family, caregivers and healthcare providers, and documenting client progress to ensure the best possible outcome for the client. Occupational Therapy Assistants are employed in various settings, including but not limited to rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, day treatment centers, outpatient clinics and other community agencies.

A graduate of the OTA program is eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Upon passing the exam, students will need to submit for state licensure to obtain employment. The preparation course, OTA 290 NBCOT Review, is offered in an asynchronous, 100% online delivery method. General education courses are integrated into the program to supplement and enhance our OTA courses. Some of these general education courses are offered online, which creates additional flexibility for our students.

For detailed information about Ameritech and all programs offered, download the complete Ameritech College Catalog here »

Program Accreditation

Ameritech College of Healthcare’s Associate of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been granted programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
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North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Curriculum

Semester 1 
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology6
ENG 220 English Composition and Professional Writing3
OTA 100 Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy2
OTA 110 The OTA Professional2
TRM 102 Medical Terminology1
Total Semester Credits14
Semester 2 
PSY 212 Principles of Human Psychology3
OTA 120 Occupations of Childhood and Adolescence4
OTA 130 OTA Pediatric Skills2
BIO 215 Kinesiology and Functional Movement3
Total Semester Credits12
Semester 3 
MAT 105 College Math2
OTA 150 Occupations of Adulthood5
OTA 170 OTA Adult Skills2
OTA 180 Foundations and Engagement2
OTA 190 Psychosocial Aspects of Occupation3
Total Semester Credits14
Semester 4 
SOC 212 The Study of Society3
OTA 200 Occupations of Later Adulthood4
OTA 230 OTA Later Adulthood Skills2
OTA 250 Professional Topics for the OTA3
Total Semester Credits12
Semester 5 
OTA 270 Fieldwork II-A 6
OTA 280 Fieldwork II-B6
OTA 290 NBCOT Review2
Total Semester Credits14

*This sample schedule is for illustrative purposes only. Not every student will complete classes in the same order.

Committed to Our Students’ Success



NBCOT Exam Pass Rate1


1. 2020 National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).
ABHES Annual Report Outcomes Data (Reporting period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.)

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of their program of study, Ameritech OTA students will be able to:

  • Partner with clients and the healthcare team to design and implement client-centered care that is inclusive of the realities, experiences and values held by diverse populations
  • Use the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 4th ed. to prioritize, plan, and carry out independent and collaborative therapeutic interventions that focus on “occupation” as the means and end
  • Promote health and wellness among individuals, communities and populations
  • Participate in professional organizations, community involvement and lifelong learning
  • Implement professional communication skills when interacting with clients and members of the healthcare team

Launching Lasting Careers in Healthcare

Ameritech’s Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates are enjoying fulfilling careers, serving in a variety of roles for a diverse range of practice areas and employers.

Job Titles*:

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
  • Director of Rehabilitation
  • Case Manager
  • Facility Supervisor
  • Consultant
  • Patient Advocate
  • Activities Director
  • After School Program Coordinator
  • Community-Based Programs Coordinator

Practice Areas*:

  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation & Disability
  • Work & Industry
  • Adult Care
  • Elderly Care
  • Academia (if student advances to Bachelor’s or Master’s level degrees)

Major Employers**:

  • Central Valley Medical Center
  • Advanced Healthcare of St. George
  • Alpine School District
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • School Districts
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTAC)
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Community Centers
  • Medical Equipment Companies

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides.
**Source: Data pulled from ABHES Annual Report (Reporting period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.)

Our OTA Program Faculty

Our Occupational Therapy Assistant faculty are highly experienced and specialized working professionals, ready to empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the OTA field.

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Ashley Brower, MOTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
nanci arroyo

I wanted to get started on my journey sooner rather than later. I liked the idea of completing a program faster in 20 months vs. a four-year program where I would have to do my generals beforehand. That helped push me towards Ameritech’s OTA program.

Nanci ArroyoAmeritech OTA Student, Class of 2019
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Admission Requirements

Find out what you need to apply for our Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

FAQs About Our OTA Program

An Associate of Science (AS) degree is a 2-year undergraduate level academic program taken at the undergraduate level. It provides students with basic technical and academic knowledge and skills they need for employment or further study in their chosen field. At Ameritech, you can earn your Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in as little as 20 months with our accelerated program.

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An Associate of Science (AS) degree provides students with basic technical and academic knowledge and skills they need for employment or further study in their chosen field. It allows graduates to enter the workplace quickly and cost-effectively or transfer their credits to pursue a Bachelors degree in their chosen field of study.

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An Occupational Therapy Assistant is a health care professional who helps patients develop, recover, improve, as well as retain the skills needed for daily activities of living. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapeutic interventions to patients/clients.

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Occupational Therapy Assistants play a key role in providing occupational therapy services in every practice area. Occupational therapy assistants collaborate with occupational therapists to develop and implement a treatment plan for each patient. Treatment plans address diverse activities such as teaching the proper way for patients to move from a bed into a wheelchair, teaching a patient how to get dressed or cook, drive, grocery shop, community mobility, and social participation after an illness or injury, are a few examples of the distinct ways an OTA can help clients.

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Our Occupational Therapy Assistant program can be completed in as little as 20 months, of which 16 weeks are focused on Level ll fieldwork. Visit our program page to learn more.

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To learn more about tuition and fees for the OTA program, please visit our financial aid page. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, the median annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $61,510.

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Based on guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health, Ameritech College has transitioned to virtual classroom instruction with labs and simulations taking place on campus with additional precautions. More information is available on our website here.

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