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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Health and Public Safety

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Health and Public Safety Division • 513.569.1670 • Main Campus, Health Professions Building, Room 312 • Program Chair Claudia Miller

Employment Options

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Work as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant
  • Function in a professional and ethical manner as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Contribute to the occupational therapy process in collaboration with an occupational therapist
  • Implement occupation-based interventions utilizing a client-centered approach

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$35,000–$40,000 annually

Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities for graduates of the OTA program are excellent; most are hired by graduation or shortly thereafter. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of occupational therapy assistants will grow by more than 40% through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all professions. Many states, including Ohio, require formal background checks for licensed occupational therapy assistants.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Findlay
  • Xavier University

Representative Clinical Sites

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Drake Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • University Hospital

Clinical Salary Projections

Clinicals are a non-paid learning experience in the health field.

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