Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program

Do you enjoy helping people of all ages? Are you looking for a profession that will make a difference? The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares students to assist clients recovering from injury or disability in regaining life skills for independent living. An OTA is an educated and licensed clinician who works under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program Offering

This program is offered at the following location:

Residential Campus

About This Program

The OTA Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by ACOTE and we are in Candidacy status for the OTA Bachelor of Science degree. CMU accepted its final Associate of Applied Science Degree in Spring 2020. Students interested in the CMU OTA program may formally apply to join the OTA Bachelor of Science Fall 2021 Cohort.

The CMU OTA program provides a unique opportunity for students to gain all the benefits of campus life on a four-year liberal arts campus while completing their OTA degree. On campus residence halls, student organizations, opportunities for leadership and service, a career development office and much more can be a part of your CMU experience. CMU provides students with the opportunity to choose a specialty track that compliments the OTA program curriculum; setting them apart in the job market.

OTA students at Central receive a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, including a focus on issues related to diversity. You’ll be educated as a generalist with broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where OT is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service. Students learn to apply evidence-based occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.

The technical courses within the OTA program allow for hands-on learning in the classroom and laboratory. Students also participate in simulation activities and clinical experiences, which give them a real-world view of the OTA profession. OTA students participate in four full-time clinical education affiliations with a total of 640 hours of both observation and hands-on experience. In addition, CMU OTA students have the unique opportunity to use their classroom knowledge and skills with people in the community where they learn.

As a CMU OTA major, you will have opportunities to:

  • learn during lecture, laboratory, collaborative, community and fieldwork experiences
  • become eligible to sit for a national licensure exam to become licensed in the state where you practice
  • receive a degree in one of the most rapidly growing professions in the U.S. and internationally
  • work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics
  • improve the lives of  people, from children to the very old
  • learn how to make a living and live a meaningful life

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Science in OTA (Fall 2021) - CLAS

Other CMU Programs:

  • Post-Professional Bachelor's of Science in OTA (completion degree) - CGES

Admission Requirements

Admission to CMU is selective. Our admission staff carefully reviews and evaluates each application on an individual basis. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

CMU Admission Requirements

After being accepted to CMU, students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree as an OTA must meet the additional requirements for acceptance into the OTA program.

OTA Admission Requirements

Program Outcomes

Graduation Year

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** One student changed majors and chose to complete a BSN degree.
* Students accepted into the 2019 OTA Program Cohort transferred to other Universities; one student changed majors and the other was accepted into an MSOT program after her third semester in the OTA program.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found on the NBCOT website. Accreditation status a may be viewed at; www.acoteonline.org

Cost of Attendance

Current Cost, Fayette Undergraduate, On-Campus

Academic Year 2019-2020

Total Cost of 2-year program (A.A.S.)

Total Cost of 4-year program (B.S.OTA Pre-licensure)

Scholarship, Fulltime students

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CMU Academic scholarships vary from $4,000 to $12,000 each academic year and are based on cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

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CMU Undergraduate Campus Tuition and Fees

Cost of Attendance

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*Fees are based on a 3% increase annually, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. Total cost is not calculated with scholarship or grant assistance.