Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Details

A cohort of 24 students is admitted to each class in fall term. Here’s what to expect.


Traditional students attend labs on the LBCC’s Healthcare Occupations Center (HOC) in Lebanon while distance-education students attend labs at partner community colleges or other sites in their geographic area. Additionally, all students are required to come to the HOC to attend one- or two-day exams and other learning activities up to 2–3 times per term. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs.


Traditional students attend labs on the LBCC campus while distance-education students attend labs at partner community colleges or other sites in their geographic area. Additionally, all students come to the LBCC campus for one-day or two-day visits up to three times per term.


Fieldwork experiences are completed at various practice settings throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fieldwork placement is determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and is dependent upon availability of fieldwork sites and educators.

Distance Learning

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at LBCC is not a true distance program and cannot accommodate students outside of our service area (which includes LBCC and our partner community colleges) at this time.

Because of the requirement to come to campus in-person 2–3 times per term, as well as participate in full-time fieldwork experiences, students who are interested in the distance-education option will need to reside within our service area or be able to relocate to Oregon.

Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of the program for 2020 is $23,820 (subject to change). This cost includes both the estimated LBCC Tuition & Fees and the estimated Program Fees.

Graduation Rate

The total number of graduates from the LBCC Associates of Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 6-year period of 2010-2017 was 132, with an overall graduation rate of 92%.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Note, a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. A felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2019

  • Your School Candidate Results
  • Total Number of NG testing
  • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
    20 (87%)
  • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
    (13% failing) 3

*NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.


Students follow a pre-determined schedule of courses in the LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Any deviation from the schedule must be pre-approved by the department. All students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months of completion of the didactic portion of the program. Students must fulfill all graduation requirements within 36 months of admission into the program.

More Information

For additional details on admission requirements, application procedures, and tuition rates, view the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Bulletin. If you have any further questions, please email ota@linnbenton.edu.