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Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA Associate Degree Program in Utah

With our accelerated, 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 18 months.

Next Start Date: January 4, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Rising to the Challenge

Whether you’re 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’s what we’re doing to rise to the challenge:

  • Increasing our daily sanitation rounds to multiple times per day
  • We are providing Slack chat for all students, so you can stay connected to each other and our faculty remotely
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Why Ameritech

Join the Workforce Faster

Earn your Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and graduate job-ready in as little as 18 months—compared to 2-4 years with other, non-accelerated programs.

Utah’s Healthcare Leader

As one of the top healthcare colleges in Utah, you can count on our expertise, academic reputation, and experienced, supportive faculty to ensure your success in our program and your future career.

No Prerequisites Required

Our highly relevant curriculum Is solely focused on what you need to learn to become a successful OTA, with no prerequisites required and easy credit transfer policies.

Job Placement Assistance

Our dedicated career services help our graduates locate new job opportunities and transition successfully from students to working professionals.

Accredited OTA Program

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

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’s degree, with top-earners bringing home over $80,980 a year and a median annual wage of $60,220 a year in 2018.*
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics

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 2018” and Glassdoor’s “50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.”

Strong Job Outlook

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow by 33% from 2018-2028 vs. just 5% for all other occupations * —and demand is expected to increase even more due to the aging baby boomer population.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Do More of What You Love

As an OTA, you’ll avoid the “dirty work” commonly associated with direct patient care (bed pans, bloodwork, etc.), while helping your clients learn the skills needed to improve their lives at home.

Spend More Quality Time with Patients

As an OTA, you work with patients one-on-one, one-at-a-time—meaning you can spend more quality time helping them improve their lives, instead of juggling a heavy patient load.

Better Work/Life Balance

OTAs generally work regular office hours—giving you a flexible schedule with evenings and weekends off to spend with your family and friends.

Next Start Date: January 4, 2021

Our OTA program offers two enrollment dates annually, with the next start date being January 4th. Given high-demand for the program, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

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 one of Utah’s leading healthcare colleges, helping 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.

Job Placement Assistance

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

Excellent Facilities

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

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.

Hands-on, Experiential Learning

Our hands-on program provides you with the real world experience needed to be a competent 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 limited by physical injury or illness, mental health problems, developmental or learning disabilities, or the aging process. The student learns to utilize purposeful activities, exercises, adaptive devices, daily living tasks and leisure activities to assist patients to achieve their highest level of function and independence. The OTA participates in assisting the OT in assessing client needs, determining therapeutic goals and treatment planning activities. Under direct supervision of the OT, the OTA is responsible for carrying out treatment sessions, communicating with clients and health care providers, documenting client progress, and maintaining clinical environments. 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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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-A6
OTA 280 Fieldwork II-B6
OTA 290 NBCOT Review2
Total Semester Credits14

Committed to Our Students’ Success



NBCOT Exam Pass Rate1


1. 2019 National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).
ABHES Annual Report Outcomes Data (Reporting period: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of their program of study, Ameritech nursing 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, 3rd 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 – 2017-2018.

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.

Faculty Member Photo

Ashley Brower, MOTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

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

Is an OTA career right for you?

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Admission Requirements

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