OTA Program

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

National American University’s (NAU) Associate of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program is offered in a blended delivery format designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the theory and nature of occupation, 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. Under the supervision of an occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) use occupation to develop and improve clients’ cognitive, sensory, motor, and social skills to promote health and enhance participation in daily life activities. 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 undergraduate catalog.

NAU offers courses online, on-campus, or a combination of both, depending on program and availability.

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at the Denver and Independence Campuses areaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  Contact information:

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

Once ACOTE accreditation status is granted to NAU, the graduate of the OTA 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.