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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a 71-credit, two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). www.acoteonline.org

Course work includes:

  • MnTC/general education courses.
  • occupational therapy theory and skill building courses.
  • on-the-job experiences at various fieldwork sites.

Graduation Rates And Certification Exam Results

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Results 

Students Entering
the Program
Retention Rate
May 2016  30
(August 2014)
May 2017 29
(August 2015)
 December 2018 
(January 2017)
22  85%
 May 2019
(August 2017)
Total 113

Important Dates

Virtual OTA Program Information Sessions  
Date Start Register in Advance
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
 4pm  Register
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
 4pm  Register
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
 4pm  Register
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
 4pm  Register
TEAS Testing Dates  
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.  
 Open Application Period
 November 2, 2020
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program  
Date Time  



Admissions Requirements

Steps to Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program

You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  Please read the full explanations below this checklist.

  • Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
  • Complete the ACCUPLACER Assessments
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS)
  • Attend mandatory Information Session (dates found on website under “Important Dates” tab)
  • Apply to the OTA Program following the admissions criteria listed in Option #1 or #2 during the application period.


The application period dates and mandatory information session can be found on the OTA webpage under the “Important Dates” tab at: http://www.anokatech.edu/ProgramsCourses/HealthScienceTech/OccupationalTherapyAssistant.aspx  

Admission Criteria:

Option #1: Students who have a high school diploma/GED or Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree


  1. Successfully ACCUPLACER NEXT GEN/Classic ACCUPLACER or ACT assessment requirement
    o    Score of 275 or higher (or score of 81 or better on Classic Accuplacer) on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years
    OR score of 22 or higher on the Mathematics subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years
    OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past 2 years
    o    Score of 250 or higher (or score 78 or better on     Classic Accuplacer) on the Reading Comprehension portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years
    OR score of 21 or higher on the reading subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years
    OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 2 years  

  2.  Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) requirement and submit score results
    o    Adjusted Individual Total Score of 65% or higher
    on the ATI TEAS Assessment. There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.
  1. Submit Certificate of Attendance from Information Session.

 Option #2: Students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree

  1.  Submit an official transcript of bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  2. Submit Certificate of Attendance from information session.
  3. The Accuplacer the ATI TEASE are not required.

All required documents must be submitted as an entire packet; the Enrollment Services Department (Rm #117) will accept them via email as a PDF file, or in person. All students who meet the admission requirements can apply to the program. Application packets will first be accepted on November 2, 2020 between 9am-4pm for the cohort starting Fall 2021. Application packets will continue to be accepted until there are 30 qualified applicants. If there are more than 30 qualified applicant packets are received on November 2, 2020, all qualified applicant packets received that day will be placed into a lottery. If less than 30 qualified applicant packets have been received on November 2, 2020 all qualified applicant packets received that day will be accepted. If there are remaining seats open after November 2, 2020 and more qualified applicant packets are received than seats available, a lottery will determine accepted applicants. After 30 qualified applicants are accepted, the remaining applicants will be placed on a “temporary wait list.” Upon submission of a complete applicant packet, applicants will be notified within 10 business days via email, if they have a seat in the program or have been added to the wait list.  Qualified  application packets will continue to be accepted after the cohort is full, however, these applicants will continue to be placed on a “temporary wait list” in the order received. Applicants on the temporary wait list will be accepted into the program if a seat becomes available for the current cohort only. Temporary wait list applicants will be notified via email/phone call and will have 48 hours to accept their seat. If no response is received within 48 business hours, the next person will move up on the wait list and the applicant who did not respond will move to the bottom of the temporary wait list. There will be a deadline date described in the correspondence by which the applicant must officially accept their seat, attend program orientation**, complete college orientation and register for courses for the fall semester or potentially forfeit their seat.  
If a student (accepted or on wait list) has a hold on their account for financial or any other reason, they will have one week to rectify the hold or will be removed from either list and will be reordered at the bottom of the wait list.

**Students accepted to the program and those on the “temporary wait list” will need to attend a mandatory OTA Program orientation on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 3:00-5:30 in room #126. Applicants must register for classes by May 3, 2021 for fall courses or will move to the bottom of the “temporary wait list.”  Further details can be found on the OTA webpage in the Program Handbook under OTA Admission policies/ACOTE standards.

Students accepted into the OTA program will need to access internet services for completion of any online or hybrid courses (General Education or OTA Program). Internet, software and computer access and training are available on campus free of charge. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to utilize the online platform D2L Brightspace as evidenced by assignment submission, accessing content and taking exams/quizzes within the first week of the OTA Program.



PDF Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Practice using innovative and evidence-based interventions within the role of the entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  2. Demonstrate professional attributes, ethical standards, and values of the profession.
  3. Deliver competent services/outcomes by using reflection, strengths, client centered and occupation based interventions, and critical and creative thinking.
  4. Collaborate inter/intra professionally.
  5. Work with people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of practice settings serving the community.

Background Study

Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Please refer to the Minnesota Department of Health Licensed Facilities supplemental nursing services agencies, educational programs, temporary employment agencies, and professional services agencies Background Study Privacy notice in the OTA Student handbook. Also, refer to the OTA Student Handbook for Fieldwork placement polices regarding Background Study information.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 15
COTA 1001
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
COTA 1050
Clinical Conditions
COTA 1105
Therapeutic Applications I
HLTH 1005
Anatomy and Physiology
Spring Semester 19
COTA 1155
Therapeutic Applications II
COTA 1260
Performance Skills and Applications
COTA 1270
Productive Aging/Geriatric Practice
COTA 1280
Mental Health and Wellness Practice
COTA 1290
Level I Fieldwork Behavioral
PSYC 1406
General Psychology
Summer Semester
PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105
Composition I/Business and Technical Writing
SPCH 1500
Intercultural Communication 3
Fall Semester
COTA 2310
Professional Seminar  2
COTA 2330
Physical Rehabilitation Practice  4
COTA 2340
Children and Youth Practice  4
COTA 2350
Community Practice
COTA 2390
Level I Fieldwork Traditional
 Spring Semester
COTA 2411
Level II Fieldwork Rotation A
COTA 2421
Level II Fieldwork Rotation B 6


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 phone number, C/O AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.



Certification Exam

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion, graduates will be Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).

Most states, including Minnesota, also require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to take the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Pass Rates on the National Certification Exam

NBCOT pass rates on the Certification Exam are indicated on the OTA Home Page and can also be accessed by clicking on the NBCOT hyperlink.


Beginning with the second semester of the program, each student will participate in a Level I Fieldwork placement. The second rotation of Level I Fieldwork will take place during the third semester.  Two Level II Fieldwork Placements will take place in the fourth semester. These experiences will be assigned from a wide variety of facilities including outstate and local hospitals, extended care facilities , school districts, day treatment centers, residential facilities and other community agencies.

Enrollment in the fieldwork classes may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. Possible opportunities for out of state fieldwork experiences may be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 250 miles due to availability of fieldwork sites.

Before starting the Level II Fieldwork , all required course work of the OTA program must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C," and the student must have a 2.0 grade point average. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of completing the required academic coursework.

Prior to these experiences, the student will:

  • Complete a Health Information sheet
  • Sign a Hepatitis B form
  • Receive a Mantoux test (a positive result requires a chest x-ray)
  • Complete a background study
  • Other items as assigned

Prior to starting the Level I Fieldwork, the student will:

  • Secure a current CPR for the healthcare worker card.

An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in the fieldwork experiences.

Transportation to fieldwork facilities will be the responsibility of each student. Some of the facilities may be reached by public transportation.

Students are expected to be professional regarding their attitude, behavior, and appearance. The student will be required to get a student I.D. card and carry professional liability insurance. Student professional liability insurance are purchased by the college and paid through student course fees. Student have the option to purchase liability insurance on his or her own.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program with a grade of C or higher in each of the following: HLTH 1005, and each COTA course and 2.0 average or greater in required PSYC, SPCH, and ENGL courses.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Young or old, we all have a job to do–the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families and ourselves are among the “occupations” of life.

Sometimes physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they’d like.

Occupational therapy, a vibrant, growing profession, makes it possible for people to regain and/or maintain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference in the lives of others.

Occupational therapy assistants work with the supervision of registered occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life or maintain their current healthy lifestyle. Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in varied settings with people of all ages. Many practitioners help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood – learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Others work with children who have physical or cognitive problems in outpatient clinics. 

Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, work settings, day treatment centers, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and/or continuing care communities. In these settings, practitioners may support people who have difficulty performing the “occupations” of life.

Some common conditions that occupational therapy assistants work with are: cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing issues, autism, traumatic brain injury, work-related injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, depression, schizophrenia, and many others. Anyone having a condition that impacts their ability to perform daily tasks (occupations) could benefit from occupational therapy.



For more Information about the occupational therapy field or the program, email

Barb Kloetzke

Julie Grivna

Becky Johnson

Enrollment Services