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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

What does an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) do?

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Their goal is to help patients live more independently. Major employers include hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and occupational therapist' offices.

Occupational outlook for OTA's

The number of jobs for occupational therapy assistants nationwide is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2018. In Oregon, the annual entry-level wage for occupational therapy assistants is $38,930 per year. The average annual median wage in Oregon is $47,420, and the average top wage is $54,430. The national entry-level wage is $31,150 per year. The national median wage is $48,230 per year, and the top wage is $65,160 per year.

About the Program

A maximum of six students will move through the OTA Fall 2014 program. The curriculum includes classroom, lab and fieldwork. An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded by Linn-Benton Community College with RCC offering program prerequisites, general education classes and related coursework. The program can be completed while living in the Rogue Valley. NOTE: Students will be expected to travel two to four times per term to LBCC. Financial aid may be available through LBCC.

How to apply

Applications for the Fall 2014 program are now closed. The application for admission is available to view for reference only. If you have questions regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant program please contact:

This project was funded $3,000,000 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Rogue Community College is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services, alternate form and language services are available to individuals with disabilities and limited English proficiency free of cost upon request.