Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Jan 02, 2019

There are many U.S. schools offering degrees in occupational therapy assisting. Because occupational therapy assistants can be called to assist with patients as well as take calls in an office or deal with computer files, coursework should be diverse.

Occupational therapy assistants work closely with occupational therapists and focus on both the physical and psychological needs of their patients and clients. Students interested in pursuing this career path should ensure they complete an accredited program from a reputable college.

Schools with Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs

These 2-year and 4-year public colleges offer accredited occupational therapy assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,834; Out-of-state $9,661
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
De Anza College Cupertino, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,542; Out-of-state $8,382
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,830; Out-of-state $9,944
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $5,275; In-state $10,885; Out-of-state $12,985
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Pre-degree transfer to Macomb South In-district $2,745; In-state $5,235; Out-of-state $7,305
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,136; In-state $3,953; Out-of-state $7,648

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for occupational therapy assistant schools:

  • The first thing a student should look for when choosing an occupational therapist assistant school is accreditation.
  • An occupational therapy assistant program should offer diverse classes in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, mental health principles, administration and kinesiology.
  • Programs should include fieldwork or clinical experience at an affiliated or on-campus healthcare center.
  • Some schools offer a transfer program to another institution where students will complete their degree.

A number of public community colleges throughout the country offer occupational therapy assistant programs, and some schools offer pre-degree courses that can be taken before transferring to another institution to complete a degree in this field. Although all schools referenced here are public community colleges, tuition costs vary widely.

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