Degree Description

The program prepares students as entry level Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the direction of the Occupational Therapist (OT) in providing specific patient services to improve health and performance. OTA and OTPT courses will be taught only at the Southern Lakes Branch Campus.

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Degree Pathway

Degree Pathways outline one possible sequence of courses students may complete to fulfill their degree requirements as full-time students over the course of two years.

Program Information & Forms

Currently a CBI is required for all students applying for any Health Science program except: Physical Education, Phlebotomy, and Histologic Tech*.

Criminal Background Investigations & Drug Screens
Michigan law requires criminal background screening for individuals working in most health care settings and facilities. Students in a Health Science Program are affected by this law. Conviction of a criminal offense (felony or misdemeanor) may make a student ineligible to be assigned to a clinical site, making program completion and graduation unattainable.

The start-up packet provides instruction regarding the process to complete and submit the background investigation. Students will not be admitted to any health science program without a clear CBI.

*In some cases, clinical sites may require students to complete additional background investigation and submit to drug screening procedures prior to or during the clinical experience. All background investigations and drug screenings are at the student’s expense.

Conviction of a criminal offense may also make graduates of health science program ineligible for state or national licensure/certification at program completion. All applicants for a health profession license in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to licensure/certification.

Program coordinators, faculty, and staff cannot give legal advice to any student regarding potential eligibility/ineligibility based on prior convictions or negative findings on the criminal background investigation. The student should consult an attorney for questions specific to his/her individual case.

A student with a flagged CBI may be cleared to begin program courses, but is not guaranteed sufficient clinical placement for degree completion or authorization to take the licensing exam.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work under the supervision of occupational therapists in helping people of all ages with physical, psychological, or developmental disabilities so that they may regain, improve, or adjust to their physical or mental capacities. The treatments focus on helping patients achieve maximum levels of independence in such daily activities as dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, caring for a home, participating in education, or seeking and holding employment. As an OTA, you will have a great impact on your patient's lives; allowing time to live their lives to the fullest.

The total number of graduates from the Mott Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3- year period of 2021-2023 was 43, with an overall graduation rate of 91%.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online

The current estimated cost of attendance of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is $17,745.23 for In-District students. This includes books and fees. This cost may be lower if students have transfer credits.