Baby on inflatable horse during therapy session

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Why PCC?

PCC is the only public institution in Colorado that offers an Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Our instructors have extensive professional experience and our classroom and lab combination will allow you to experience real-world opportunities that you will encounter as an OTA.

What will I learn?

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program will teach you to work in collaboration with and under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in order to work with clients of all ages; design individual rehabilitative programs; create goals; and help clients meet their goals while monitoring their progress. You will use rehabilitative activities to help clients of all ages overcome physical, emotional, mental and/or social limitations and become independent in their daily living. 

The program consists of 18 months of academic preparation and 16 weeks of fieldwork prior to graduation. When you graduate from the program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, Colorado requires licensure through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).



The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the  American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301-652-2682).



You must undergo a background check and drug screen before we can officially admit you into the program. A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinary proceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness or willful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance into the program and/or eligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification exam. Contact NBCOT at 301.990.7979 or for an Early Determination Review.


Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Occupational Therapy:

Program Information

Pueblo Campus
Health Professions
Course Availability
Program Start
Program Length
5 Semesters