Start your career as an

Occupational Therapy Assistant

at Parker University

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Program Highlights

  • Parker University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program consists of 8 pre-professional courses, 16 professional courses, which include 4 months of clinical fieldwork experience courses for a total of 6 terms (24 months) to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience throughout the program
  • Learn how to create, execute, evaluate, and optimize custom treatment programs for clients of all ages and abilities
  • Take one course at a time, one month at a time to better master the material
  • Manage other personal and professional commitments with flexible scheduling
  • ACOTE Accredited
  • Prepare to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Parker graduates have an 86% pass rate. The latest graduating class (2017) completed the NBCOT exam with a 93% pass rate!
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Career Opportunities*

Once you graduate and pass the NBCOT exam, you can pursue employment as an occupational therapy assistant in a variety of professional settings, including:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Senior care centers and residential care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Home health care services
  • Psychiatric and mental health centers
  • Community health programs

*These are examples of job targets and do not represent a guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

In Parker University’s Associate of Applied Science with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS-OTA) program, you can gain the specialized training you need to help others recover and improve their daily lives and skills through therapeutic care and customized training.

SACSCOC Accreditation

Parker University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Parker University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

ACOTE Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Program (OTA) at Parker University has been granted Full Accreditation Status in August 2016 by 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. The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA (2682), and its Web address is www.acoteonline.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.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING

With online and on-campus classes available in many of our programs, you can study and learn at your convenience.

DISTINGUISHED REPUTATION

Rich in chiropractic tradition, Parker University enjoys a world-renowned reputation as the premier institute in health and wellness.

STUDENT RESOURCES

We provide workshops and services to help students develop better study skills, learning strategies, time management, and more.

IN PURSUIT OF HIGHER HEALTH

In its most recent report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the median annual salary for occupational therapy assistants and aides nationally is $56,070.
The number of these jobs is projected to grow by 28% through 2026.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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