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Welcome to the USI Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

The occupational therapy assistant helps individuals gain skills needed to become independent in daily living activities under the direction of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist. Students learn the therapeutic use of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability, and maintain health. The ultimate goal is to improve an individual’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

About the Program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a 65-credit hour associate degree.

-17 hour foundation of liberal arts and sciences (50 percent of USI University Core Curriculum)

-48 hours of occupational therapy assistant courses.

  • -Students will take the 17-hour block of University Core Curriculum classes prior to enrolling in the Program.
  • -After acceptance in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students will complete the 42-credit hour didactic component and the 6-credit hour clinical component.
  • -In addition to classroom and laboratory hours, this degree includes 16 40-hour weeks of integrated practicum experiences.
  • -Full-time students can complete the Associate of Science Degree with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant in five semesters and one summer.
  • -Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are encouraged to continue their studies for a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Services.
  • -All Technical Fieldwork (6 credit hours) must be completed within 18 months of completion of the academic portion of study.

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares individuals for employment in the state of Indiana upon successful completion of the National Board of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) COTA examination and upon meeting state licensure requirements.

Information for Out-of-State Students

Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing an Associate's in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at USI or determining if the OTA Program meets individual state requirements for employment? Check your eligibility.

The OTA Program is limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the OTA Program will lead to inability to continue in your coursework. The exception to this is active military status.


  • 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 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD  20814. ACOTE's telephone number, C/O AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG

For more information about tuition, fees and other costs, visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance page.

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