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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Enter one of the fastest growing professions in less than 20 months. Learn everything you need to know to pass the NBCOT and enter the OTA field with an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Next Start Date: January 7th, 2019

Why Ameritech?

Ameritech College of Healthcare prepares graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become competent professionals in their chosen field of study.

Join the Workforce Faster

Complete your OTA program in just 20 months—compared to 2-4 years with other, non-accelerated programs.

Utah’s Healthcare Leader

As one of the top healthcare colleges in Utah with an esteemed faculty, we have the expertise to prepare you for your future career and ensure that you succeed.

High Student Satisfaction

At Ameritech, we love our students and they love us back—with our OTA students giving us a 92.4% satisfaction rating.

Employers Love Ameritech Grads

Ameritech has an exceptional reputation within Utah’s healthcare community, meaning our grads are in demand and get hired. We even help you with job placement for life.

Fully Accredited

We’re one of only two schools in Utah that are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

No Prerequisites Required

Our curriculum is solely focused on what you need to learn to become a successful OTA with no prerequisites required and easy credit transfer policies.

Take the next step in your career and graduate sooner with Ameritech.

I’ve been in the healthcare industry for several years now, but I’ve always strived to be on more of the caregiver/practitioner side. I wanted more say in what I’m doing day-to-day and wanted to provide more help for the patients I want to work with. My neighbor is an OT and I ran into her one day and she was telling about her day and it sounded really fascinating. She was helping people and it sounded really interesting and sparked my interest.

Michael SchneiderAmeritech OTA Student

Why Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Earn Great Wages

An OTA is one of the best-paying jobs you can get with an Associate’s degree, with top-earners bringing home over $80,000 a year and a median annual wage of $59,310 a year. *
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

High Job Satisfaction

As an OTA, you’ll make a living improving the lives of others, while enjoying a competitive salary and flexible hours. It’s no wonder that it’s been featured in U.S. News & World Report, “100 Best Jobs of 2018” and Glassdoor’s “50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.”

Strong Job Outlook

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow by 29% from 2016-2026 vs. just 7% for all other occupations*—and demand is expected to increase even more due to the aging baby boomer population.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-6

Do More of What You Love

As an OTA, you’ll avoid the “dirty work” commonly associated with direct patient care (bed pans, bloodwork, etc.), while helping your clients learn the skills needed to improve their lives at home.

Spend More Quality Time with Patients

As an OTA, you work with patients one-on-one, one-at-a-time—meaning you can spend more quality time helping them improve their lives, instead of juggling a heavy patient load.

Better Work/Life Balance

OTAs generally work regular office hours—giving you a flexible schedule with evenings and weekends off to spend with your family and friends.

Next Start Date: January 7th, 2019

Our OTA program offers two enrollment dates annually, with the next start date being January 7th. Given high-demand for the program, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Being a CNA, you get kind of burned out. A lot of times, you’re just rushing and doing ADLs. You’re not getting to teach patients or spend a lot of time with them. As an OTA, you get to teach clients how to dress themselves—it’s just not ‘hurry up’ and you do it for them. And then, you get the one-on-one time that I really like. You’re only working with one person at a time vs. at the hospital where I’d get assigned seven patients at a time and you didn’t get to know your clients. As an OTA, I’m not just feeling like I’m doing busy work—I get more personal time with patients.

Kristina BoyceAmeritech OTA Student

Learn from Utah’s Healthcare Leaders

Ameritech is one of Utah’s leading healthcare colleges, helping thousands of students graduate and find employment in the fast-growing medical profession. We are committed to helping every student succeed academically and in their future careers—no matter your background or experience level.

Job Placement Assistance

Our dedicated career services team provides students with job placement assistance for life, giving you an indispensable resource for new employment opportunities.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our Draper campus offers OTA students an ideal learning environment with cutting-edge technology, life-like lab environments, and an ever-evolving, highly relevant curriculum.

Small Class Sizes

We keep our class sizes small, so you can build relationships with your teachers and get the personal attention you need to succeed.

Hands-on, Experiential Learning

You’ll learn the skills required to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant in a hands-on format, so you’ll be job-ready when you graduate.

Our OTA Program Faculty

Our Occupational Therapy Assistant teachers are highly experienced and specialized working professionals, ready to empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the OTA field.

Our Program At-A-Glance

66 Total Credit Hours

Degree Level

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Program Length

75 Weeks (5 semesters)

Location

Ameritech’s Draper Campus

Required Clinical / Externship Hours

16 Weeks of Level II Fieldwork

Our accelerated Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is designed to prepare graduates to pass the NBCOT exam and enter the field as competent and confident registered occupational therapy assistants.

The program provides a professional and collaborative environment for students to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become professional OTAs. The expansive lifelike lab environments provide students the opportunity to enhance and solidify clinical and critical thinking skills, prior to fieldwork experiences. Prepared through didactic coursework, experiential learning, and ancillary certifications, students will graduate ready to serve clients, families, and communities in one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare!

Some program courses are offered in an online asynchronous format.

Students enjoy a variety of perks during their time at Ameritech. Upon completion of the program, lifetime career placement is made available to our graduates by our dedicated career services team.

Program Accreditation

Ameritech is one of only two OTA programs in Utah that are fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). That means you’ll earn a degree that matters.

Curriculum

Semester 1 
Total Semester Credits15
CourseCredits
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology6
ENG 220 English Composition and Professional Writing3
OTA 100 Intro to Occupational Therapy3
TRM 102 Medical Terminology1
OTA 110 The OTA Professional2
Semester 2 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
OTA 120 Occupations of Childhood and Adolescence4
OTA 130 OTA Skills I2
OTA 140 Kinesiology and Functional Movement3
PSY 212 Principles of Human Psychology3
Semester 3 
Total Semester Credits13
CourseCredits
OTA 150 Occupations of Adulthood4
OTA 170 OTA Skills II2
OTA 180 Neuro and Functional Cognition2
MAT 105 College Math2
OTA 190 Psychosocial Aspects of Occupation3
Semester 4 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
OTA 200 Occupations of Later Adulthood4
OTA 230 OTA Skills III2
OTA 250 Professional Topics for the OTA3
SOC 212 The Study of Society3
Semester 5 
Total Semester Credits14
CourseCredits
OTA 270 Fieldwork II-A 6
OTA 280 Fieldwork II-B6
OTA 290 NBCOT Review2

It’s everything that I expected and more. It’s amazing. The people who work there are really concerned with the students and want to make sure they’re taken care of. They are really wanting to make sure you succeed in this program. They’re great- I would obviously give them an A+.

Nanci ArroyoAmeritech OTA student

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