Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science: On Campus

Parker graduates live to serve. With an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree, our students serve others through targeted therapy and care. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant track teaches students to customize treatment plans, provide adaptive recommendations, perform skills assessments and offer guidance to patients and other health care providers. This comprehensive, flexible degree allows students to serve and care for others, while preparing them for the multifaceted health care field.

Our Mission

Guided by the mission and vision of Parker University, the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) – is a high-quality, comprehensive program; through combined instruction, clinical practice, and research, graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to transform the lives of the individuals they serve and have an overall positive influence in community wellness.


Growth Rate

Overall employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 25 percent from 2021 to 2031. Source

Projected Employment

Projected employment for Occupational therapy assistants and aides is 11,500 by 2031. Source

Median Income

The median annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $61,510 in 2021. Source

Why Choose Parker

  • A curriculum that allows students to master one course each month
  • Preparation for relevant certification and licensure examinations
  • A total of 73 credit hours
    • 24 credit hours of prerequisite courses
    • 49 credit hours of major core courses
    • On-campus and On-line classes
    • Off-Campus Clinical rotations
  • Completion of general education courses does not guarantee acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant’s program. Contact the OTA program director for details.

State Licensure

Occupational Therapy Assistant Professional Licensure


Total program costs:

  • Tuition (per credit hour) – $690
  • Tuition Total (73 credit hours) – $48,180
  • One Time Fees – (Includes Orientation – $45, Graduation Fee – $45, Exam/License fee – $615 )
  • Additional Fees – (Parking-$10, Activity-$30, Technology-$80,  Student Health, $64 – each term, total of 6 terms)

OTA Program Fees:
Malpractice Insurance:

  • Level 1 Fieldwork – $36 total – $12 each (per clinical course)
  • Level 2 Fieldwork – $44 total – $22 each (per clinical course)


Criminal background check – $75.00


Drug Test – $35

Additional Expenses (while in the OTA program)
In addition to tuition and textbooks, school supplies and fees, OTA students should expect to have the following expenses:

  • Royal blue polo shirt with the Parker University logo – $49.95
  • Name tag – $8.95
  • Goniometer – $25.00
  • OT clip board – $20.00
  • OTA Books- $800.00 (entire program)


The above items will be available for purchase in the Parker University bookstore. (Prices subject to change.)

Professional Association student membership (required for OTHA 1305, one-time fee)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) $75.00
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) $30.00


Certification and Licensure fees (attached to OTHA 2561, one-time fee)

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) $515.00.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Regular Texas License) $100.00

Please note: Additional costs for Texas state licensure, $38.25- background check fee. There is a $55 cost for an optional temporary license. These costs are NOT included in the Certification and Licensure fees. The above listed cost for licensure is for the state of Texas only. Costs may vary from state to state, any additional costs for licensure outside of the state of Texas is not included in the above listed cost.


Clinical Fieldwork

The below items are required for the completion of Clinical Fieldwork experiences and are not included in tuition and fees. Students must provide proof of the below prior to attending clinical fieldwork experiences:

  • Mandatory Health Insurance
  • Physical examination by a physician including immunizations and laboratory tests ensuring that the student is in good physical/mental health to participate Clinical Fieldwork experiences.
  • CPR/BLS certification (class offered at Parker University or show proof of completion)

Please note: Costs to attend clinical experiences including: meals, travel, parking, lab coats, scrubs, closed toe rubber sole shoes or tennis shoes, room and board (if necessary), and any other costs incurred with clinical education courses are not included in tuition and fees.

Career Preparation
  • Customize treatment programs to improve a client’s ability to perform daily activities.
  • Provide thorough home and job site evaluations with adaptation-based recommendations.
  • Perform skill assessments and treatment plans based on client ages, abilities, and goals.
  • Offer guidance and communication to family members, caregivers, and other health care professionals
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training.
Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The associate-degree-level 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Phone:(301)652-6611 x2042
Website: https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx
email: accred@aota.org

Our graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT exam for professional certification and/or attain state licensure.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Pass Rates

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Parker University Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

2016 14/11 78%
2017 27/25 93%
2018 53/38 72%
includes students from an Articulation/Teach-out agreement
2019 44/42 95%
Includes students from an Articulation/Teach-out agreement
2020 31/23 74%
2021 21/15 72%
2022 32/26 81%
TOTAL 222/180 81%


OTA Graduation Requirements


Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of each trimester. Application for graduation must be made through the Registrar’s Office by the published deadline, but preferably at least one semester prior to graduation. Students who apply for graduation but fail to meet graduation requirements must reapply and pay appropriate fees. The Registrar’s Office will certify the completion of graduation requirements.

Parker University’s graduation requirements for an Associate of Applied Science with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are as follows:

  • * Have satisfactorily fulfilled all requirements of the institution’s academic regulations and curriculum for that program;
  • * Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • * Have a grade of at least a “C” or 70% in all courses; passing the final course prior to graduation
  • * Are not on academic probation or subject to disciplinary sanctions at the time of graduation;
  • * Have satisfactorily fulfilled all indebtedness and other obligations to the university;
  • * Have exhibited the integrity and high morals expected of a professional; and
  • * Have had a financial aid exit interview, if financial aid was received while at Parker University.

In Addition, students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program must comply with all established criteria as outlined in the programmatic curriculum in order to be eligible for graduation.
Students must compete 16 weeks of fieldwork level-II externship within 12 months of completing the academic coursework. The level-II fieldwork will require a minimum passing grade of 70% in order to obtain full credit.