Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
The occupational therapy assistant program is an associate of science degree major designed to prepare students to obtain employment as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA); or a related field.
Occupational Therapy Assistants work in a wide variety of settings, however, they are primarily employed in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, community programs and public schools. Our graduates enjoy a high percentage of employability within months after graduation. Over 85% of our graduates are currently employed as COTAs.
The salary for entry level OTAs in this area (Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska) is usually $15-$18 per hour. OTAs on the East and West Coasts make around $22-23 per hour as entry level therapists.
What are the costs associated with this program?
Below are the estimated semester-by-semester costs for students in the Casper College occupational therapy assistant program. Note: This assumes the in-state tuition rate; not out-of-state or WUE. Fees are subject to change. Housing, meals, and fieldwork costs are not included.
|Semester||Tuition||Student fee||Books and supplies||Sub-Total|
|Fall Year 1||$2,446||$758||$2,905||$6,109|
|Spring Year 1||$2,162||$485||$524||$3,171|
|Summer Year 1||$959||$75||$480||$1,514|
|Fall Year 2||$2,025||$103||$567||$2,695|
|Spring Year 2||$2,436||$60||$647||$3,143|
|Summer Year 2||$822||$0||$0||$822 (Students are off campus during this time, completing their level II fieldwork rotations.)|
Are there any financial aid opportunities or scholarships available?
Yes. Many Casper College students receive financial assistance each year through grants, loans, work study opportunities and scholarships or a combination of these. Find out more about financial aid opportunities, scholarships and grants on our Cost and Financial Aid website.
What are the special admission requirements, if any?
Students are provisionally accepted during their first fall semester. Then, at the beginning of the second semester, interviews are conducted and the available slots are filled. If the number of applicants exceeds the 24 available spaces students may be placed on a waiting list. The program requires completion of 76 semester hours. The last semester is spent working under the supervision of a practicing therapist for two 8-week sessions.
- OTA Admissions Guide (PDF) – due October 23, 2020, at 12 p.m.
- Application and documentation of experience are the last three pages of the above PDF
- OTA Student Handbook (PDF) – updated version coming soon
- Job postings at therapyjobs360.com
Fieldwork Educator Resources
What courses would I take?
For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the academic catalog:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program began offering class in 1996 and graduated its first class in 1997. Initial accreditation was obtained in 1997.
Feedback from fieldwork sites and employers indicated the graduates are well prepared for the positions they have been hired to work. The Casper College Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. The AOTA’s phone number and website are 301-652-AOTA (2682), www.acoteonline.org.
NOTE: To ensure that occupational therapy practitioners meet ethical and professional standards prior to entering the profession, all applicants for initial certification are required to provide information and documentation related to any illegal, unethical or incompetent behavior. Persons with a felony history may not be eligible to sit for the certification examination. When you apply to write the certification examination with the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy, you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies. For further information on these limitations, you can contact NBCOT at:
- National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Graduation Rates and NBCOT Pass Rate
Graduation Year = 2019
- Students entering/graduating = 12/8
- Graduation rate = 66%
- Number of students completing NBCOT exam in year of graduation = 12
- NBCOT pass rates = 100%
Total Number of students entered/graduated: 60/34
Graduation rate: 56%
Graduation Year = 2018
- Students entering/graduating = 24/15
- Graduation rate = 62%
- Number of students completing NBCOT exam in year of graduation = 11
- NBCOT pass rates = 100%
Graduation Year = 2017
- Students entering/graduating = 24/11
- Graduation rate = 45%
- Number of students completing NBCOT exam in year of graduati0n = 21
- NBCOT pass rates = 100%
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program will graduate students who are able to:
- Become certified by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy
- Attain licensure in the state of Wyoming and/or their chosen state of practice
- Practice as an entry level generalist
- Demonstrate values and attitudes congruent with AOTA’s standards and ethics
- Collaborate with the registered occupational therapist and carry out skilled occupational therapy treatment interventions through the continuum of care
- Plan and implement occupational therapy services to prevent deficits and to maintain or improve occupational performance under the supervision of and in collaboration with a registered occupational therapist
- Participate in managing occupation therapy services
- Identify and resolve problems by using trained observation skills; problem solving, critical analysis, and decision making
- Implement a variety of effective communication skills when interacting with peers, clients, family members and other health care providers
- Employ meaningful, client centered, culturally relevant occupations as the focus of practice
- Promote awareness and understanding of the occupational therapy profession and the role of the occupational therapy assistant to individuals with varied knowledge of the profession
- Assume responsibility for continued learning and skill development in occupational therapy practice