Occupational Therapy Assistant

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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 classes in person on the LBCC campus while distance-education students attend classes in real time/at the same time via the internet.
  • 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 fieldwork sites 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.

A cohort of 24 students is admitted to each class. Students will develop an understanding of occupational therapy theory and practice, including activity analysis and clinical reasoning for helping clients meet their goals. Successful graduates will be eligible and prepared to sit for the national certification examination and to function 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 NBCOT program performance data

For information about applying to the program, please refer to the "Occupational Therapy Assistant" Bulletin and Application located here, under the "Special Admission" heading. After reading the bulletin, if you are interested in applying as a traditional LBCC student, please contact Lorraine Lara at laral@linnbenton.edu; if you are interested in applying as a distance-education student through one of our partner colleges, please contact that college's OTA program advisor as listed in the bulletin. 


For the LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program's
"First Annual OTA Workshop"
Saturday, May 5th 9:00am-3:00pm

This low-cost CE event open to all OTAs and OTS will be held at LInn Benton Community College's new Healthcare Occupations Center building located in Lebanon OR.

This event will conclude with a Open House Reception. Lunch will be provided by the SOTA club.

We are currently seeking proposals from OTAs to present on topics in all practice areas. Graduates of the LBCC OTA program are encouraged to participate as speakers.

Email ota@linnbenton.edu for proposal and registration forms.

QUESTIONS? Contact Mashelle Painter