Occupational Therapy Assistant
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 OTA program prepares you for a career helping others improve their quality of life. You can work in hospitals, schools, mental health centers, skilled nursing facilities and in the community. PCC graduates hold positions throughout Colorado and in many states. The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that this will be one of the fastest-growing careers in the foreseeable future.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The licensure requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.
PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program.
Colorado Occupational Therapy Licensure.
PCC has not determined if the Occupational Therapy Assistant meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.