Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science

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This associate’s degree program prepares you to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) or for employment in related jobs. In the traditional setting, the COTA provides services under the supervision of an occupational therapist using goal-directed activities to prevent, lessen or overcome difficulty in attaining, maintaining, or developing occupations: daily living skills, play, leisure and/or work skills. Services are provided in various environments, including hospitals, geriatric centers, schools, homes, and communities.

Program-specific courses are held in the Health Science Center, a shared facility located a few blocks from the La Crosse main campus. Check our maps page for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Occupational Therapy Assistant

This program will cost about $10,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Occupational Therapy Assistant 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding9
Employed in Related Occupation9
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$22.00
Hourly Wage Range$16.00 - $25.00
Median Annual Salary$45,760.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Certified OTA; Aegis Therapy, Mabel, MN
  • Certified OTA; Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster, WI
  • Certified OTA; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Certified OTA; Therapies Plus, LLC, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • Certified OTA; Wheels on the Bus Pediatric Therapy, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant; Therapy Network, Inc., Winona, MN

Career Opportunities

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Practice within the distinct role and responsibility of the occupational therapy assistant
  • Serve a diverse population in a variety of systems that are consistent with entry level practice
  • Value life-long learning and the need to keep current with best practice
  • Apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession
  • Advocate for the profession, services, and consumers

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete the prerequisites for General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better and a job shadow at an occupational therapy clinic.  The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814, phone 301-652-2682, or www.acoteonline.org.

ACOTE and NBCOT Reporting Requirements

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Christine Krueger
Program Chair, Occupational Therapy Assistant

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