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 2015  29
(August 2013)
May 2016 30
(August 2014)
 May 2017
(August 2015
 22  76%
 December 2018
(January 2017)
Total 116

Important Dates

OTA Program Information Sessions
Date Start Room
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 4 pm Auditorium B
Wednesday,Oct. 16, 2019
4 pm Auditorium B
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
4 pm 126
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
4 pm 126
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
4 pm 126
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
4 pm 126
TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.
 Open Application Period
 Time  Room
 Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
 9 am to 4 pm  Enrollment Services
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
Date Time Room
 Thursday, April 2, 2020
3 to 5:30 pm



All required documentation must be submitted in person; Enrollment Services will be unable to receive them via mail, online or fax.

Admission criteria:

Option #1
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Complete appropriate test scores and the Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Heath (ATI-TEAS).
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session

Option #2: Students who have Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Submit an official transcript of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session

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.
  6. Recognize the importance of life-long learning and professional socialization.

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 complete ACCUPLACER/ACT assessment requirement

    Score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer within the past two (2) years

    OR score of 22 or higher on the Mathematics subject area of the ACT test taken within the past two (2) years

    OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past two (2) years


    Score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the Accuplacer within the past two (2) years

    OR score of 21 or higher on the reading subject area of the ACT test taken within the past two (2) years

    OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past two (2) years 


  2. Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) requirement

            Adjusted Individual Total Score of 65% or higher on the TEAS test, version V or ATI TEAS

            There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.


  3. 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 Oct. 1, 2019 between 9 am to 4 pm for the cohort starting fall 2020. 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 Oct. 1, 2019, all qualified applicant packets received that day will be placed into a lottery. If less than 30 qualified applicant packets have been received on Oct. 1, 2019, all qualified applicant packets received that day will be accepted. If there are remaining seats open after Oct. 1, 2019 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 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 2, 2020 from 3 to 5:30 pm in 126. Applicants must register for classes by May 15, 2020 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.



PDF Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Requirements

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.

Program Sequence

Program Sequence 
First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
COTA 1001
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
COTA 1050
Clinical Conditions
COTA 1105
Therapeutic Applications I
HLTH 1005
Anatomy and Physiology

Second Semester
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
Composition I
ENGL 2105
Business and Technical Writing
SPCH 1500
Intercultural Communication 3
Third 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
 Fourth Semester
COTA 2411
Level II Fieldwork Rotation A
COTA 2421
Level II Fieldwork Rotation B 6
TOTAL   12


The program's current accreditation status: ACCREDITATION

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Anoka Technical College is accredited 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, ACOTE's phone number, C/O AOTA, is  301-652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.


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.


In the second year of the program, each student will participation in two Level I Fieldwork placements during the third semester and two Level II Fieldwork Placements 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. No out of state fieldwork experiences will be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 50 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 will be purchased by the group at the start of the second year of the program.

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

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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.



Barb Kloetzke

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For information regarding the profession of occupational therapy or program related questions, email:

Enrollment Services

“The Occupational Therapy Assistant teachers at Anoka Technical College genuinely care. If you talk to them [about your unique situation], they will work with you so you can keep learning. They are truly invested in making sure each of their students is the best he or she can be, which is why employers want Anoka Tech graduates.”