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Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science

An occupational therapy assistant school in Colorado Springs - North

Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

National American University’s Associate of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program, offered by its school in Colorado Springs, is offered in a blended delivery format designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the theory and nature of occupational therapy, the dynamic interaction of clients and their environments, and in hands-on skills. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program emphasizes lecture, laboratory, discussion, demonstration, and practical application.

Also visit NAU’s article Occupational Therapy: Living Life to Its Fullest for an in-depth look at this exciting associate degree program and our NBCOT program results.

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes, and course descriptions, view the . For more information call (855) 369-9397 or visit the Colorado Springs (North) campus page.


Associated Careers

*Source: National Center for O*NET Development. O*NET OnLine.

  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

Key Courses

  • Foundations for OT with Lab
  • Clinical Conditions in OT with Lab
  • Human Movement for Occupation with Lab
  • Evidence-Based Practice with Lab

Students in some programs may be required to take online classes and attend classes at different locations.

Certification Exam

The graduate of NAU’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program is eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure, which is generally based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and obtain state licensure.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Information

Students are required to attend Occupational Therapy Assistant specific courses at the Centennial or Independence campus.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) programs offered at the Centennial, Co. and Independence, Mo. campuses, are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA.

Effective April 1, 2017, ACOTE changed the accreditation status of the AAS OTA program offered at the Independence Campus to Probationary Accreditation for noncompliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6. (certification exam pass rates). The program remains accredited and the university has been requested to submit a plan of correction to return to full compliance with the Standard. This change only affects the ACOTE accreditation of AAS OTA program offered at the Independence campus.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

NBCOT Certification Exam Pass Rate

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at HTTPS://SECURE.NBCOT.ORG/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX

Gainful Employment Disclosures

To read disclosure information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, select the type of student that best describes you.

About Colorado Springs, CO

National American University’s Colorado Springs campus is conveniently located in the heart of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Springs school has been serving students in the southern Colorado area since 1974, and has long been considered one of NAU’s flagship campus locations. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Colorado Springs campus offers excellent medical degree programs in medical assisting, medical administrative assistant, medical staff services, RN foundation courses, and healthcare management. Located at 1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 185, at the intersection of Chapel Hills Drive and Jamboree Drive, the Colorado Springs campus is easily accessible from Interstate 25 or Academy Boulevard, and is convenient to downtown as well as all suburban areas and military bases.

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