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Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS_ProCard_2017-18-1

Occupational Therapy Assistant


Downtown Milwaukee Campus 


Use activities to help patients overcome difficulties with daily living, leisure and/or work skills, providing these services under the supervision of an occupational therapist. This program prepares you to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistant.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), c/o AOTA, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; 301-652-2682;

Career Outlook: Job placement is usually in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, geriatric centers, schools and homes. The job outlook is good for occupational therapy assistants.

Career Pathway: This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional Accreditation Information: 

NBCOT Certification - Graduates of this program will be eligible for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). When you apply to take the certification examination, you will be asked questions related to the topic of any felonies on your record. After successful completion of the exam, you will be a COTA.

State Licensure - To practice as an OTA, a graduate must apply for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. An applicant for state licensure may be required to complete an oral examination if the applicant has received inpatient or outpatient care for drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness, or has been convicted of a crime that substantially relates to the practice of occupational therapy.

Program Data Results
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found at

OTA Program Outcomes - Graduation Rate

Program Code: 10-514-1

Start Date: August

This program does not have a waitlist.
Students are admitted through a petition process.
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A criterion considered in the petition process is verification of student residency. Students selected via the petition process are chosen based on MATC district residency, then Wisconsin nondistrict residency, followed by nonresidents, unless otherwise stated.

Special Admission Requirements: One year of high school-level or one semester of college-level algebra, biology and chemistry; with a grade of C or higher for each course.

Note: The Occupational Therapy Assistant program must be completed within four years. Courses OTASST-186 and OTASST-187 must be completed within 18 months following academic coursework.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

Detailed Program Information

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Course Requirements (link)
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