The occupational therapy assistant works under the direction of an occupational therapist. The assistant’s duties may include working to provide services and/or activities to those individuals whose abilities to cope with tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social disability; providing selected tasks to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, and promoting activities to maintain maximum levels of functioning. A certified/licensed occupational therapy assistant may find employment opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, outpatient clinics, sheltered workshops, camps, and home health agencies.
Career and Technical Education Option
This program is offered to Richland Community College students as a cooperative agreement with Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. This is a career and technical education program. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Please contact Parkland College and refer to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program requirements for admission and retention. Students must complete an application for admission to the program. The deadline to apply is March 1 for fall admission.
Length of Study
The program is a two-year associate degree; however, the actual length may vary depending on the student. The student may choose to take general education courses in the areas of mathematics, English, sociology, psychology, biology, and humanities/fine arts at Richland and then apply to take the four semester sequencing of OTA courses at Parkland.