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.