Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant


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  • About the OTA Program
  • Careers
  • NBCOT
  • ACOTE
  • Events Calendar
  • About the OTA Program

    The LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The program follows a hybrid delivery model and includes classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork components.

    • Classroom: 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.
    • Laboratory: 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. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs.
    • Fieldwork: Fieldwork experiences are completed at various practice settings throughout in the Pacific Northwest. Fieldwork placement is determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and is dependent upon availability of fieldwork sites and educators. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs.

    NOTE: The OTA 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.

    A cohort of 24 students is admitted to each class in Fall Term. Students will develop an understanding of occupational therapy theory and practice, including activity analysis and clinical reasoning to help clients meet functional goals. Successful graduates will be eligible and prepared to sit for the national certification examination and to be employed as entry-level occupational therapy assistants in a variety of practice settings. The program performance data on the NBCOT National Certification exam can be found here: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance.


    Cost of Attendance

    THE ESTIMATED COST of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for 2020 is $23,819.88 (subject to increase). This cost consists of both the estimated LBCC Tuition & Fees and the estimated Program Fees.

    Graduation Rate

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

    Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
    2010-2012 25/23 92%
    2011-2013 23/22 96%
    2012-2014 24/23 96%
    2013-2015 23/21 88%
    2014-2016 24/21 87%
    2015-2017 25/22 88%
    TOTAL 144/132 92%

    Next Steps

    Want to learn more? For information on admission requirements, application procedures, and tuition rates, view the OTA Program Bulletin. If you have any further questions regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, please email ota@linnbenton.edu


  • Careers

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

    Occupational therapy assistants help people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. Their goal is to help patients live more independently. Major employers include hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and occupational therapists’ offices. The number of jobs for occupational therapists nationwide is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2028.

    Salaries


    Median Earnings: Annual Openings:

    View the webpage for the American Occupational Therapy Association, or AOTA. As an OTA, you will join this group of over 40,000 other AOTA members throughout the United States and abroad: AOTA.org


  • 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). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

    *Note: a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    *Note: a felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

    The NBCOT program data results page can be found here.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2018

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      20
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      20 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0

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

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2017

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      20
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      20 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      495
    • Average Passing Score
      495

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

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2016

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      497
    • Average Passing Score
      497
    • Average Failing score

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

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2015

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      496
    • Average Passing score
      496
    • Average Failing score

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

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2014

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      492
    • Average Passing score
      492
    • Average Failing score

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

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2013

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      21
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      21 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      0 (0%)
    • Total Score Average
      492
    • Average Passing score
      492
    • Average Failing score

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


  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

    ACOTE

    c/o Accreditation Department

    American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200

    North Bethesda, MD

    20852-4929

    (301) 652-6611 x2042

    acoteonline.org

    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). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

    *Note: a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    *Note: a felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

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



Occupational Therapy Assistant Facility

As of May 2017, we moved into a new building with state-of-the-art equipment! The new Healthcare Occupations Center is focused on healthcare and allows us to collaborate with other healthcare programs at LBCC.