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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

This degree program prepares the student to perform selected occupational therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist.
Career Cluster:  Occupational therapy assistant in a hospital, out-patient clinic, nursing home, school, industry, or community health agency.
After completion of prerequisites, any non-OTA courses may be taken.  Following admission to the program, students will begin the OTA coursework.

Program Information, Admission Requirements and Paradigm

Application Deadlines

The deadline for application to the program is July 30 of each year.  Sixteen students are selected by the Admission Committee.  Selection is Based upon GPA, previous coursework and ACT score.  Previous work and volunteer experience will also be considered in the selection process. Students will receive notification of admission in October.

The program begins with the spring semester and graduation is in December of the following year. Students must complete six semesters of combined general education, OTA academic coursework and fieldwork.

Informational Meetings

Mandatory informational sessions will be conducted to share information and answer questions regarding the Lincoln Land Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

The following subjects will be discussed:

  • Occupational therapy as a chosen career
  • Admission and selection process
  • Curriculum content
  • Program policies and requirements
  • Clinical affiliation requirements
  • General practice and licensure information
  • General course advising

Pre-registration is NOT required. All interested new students are welcome.

Dates & Times:  All meetings are at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Logan Hall, Room 1115.   

  • September 24, 2014
  • October 29, 2014
  • February 25, 2015
  • April 29, 2015



 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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD  20814-3449.  ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is  Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  Following successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. 

Lincoln Land Community College and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program recognize that accreditation status represents a promise of quality to the students, the college, the community and the profession of occupational therapy.



Number of Program Graduates

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Number of test takers who passed the exam

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Please follow this link to see  the LLCC OTA graduate test scores as compared to other OTA programs in the State of Illinois:


As directed by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), graduate statistics/pass-rates are calculated for a calendar year (not based upon cohort or academic year). Therefore, the data reported for each calendar year shown above reflects pass-rates for the graduates from the preceding year, while the number of graduates for each calendar year shown above reflects the number of graduates completing the program requirements in May or December of that same calendar year.

As of May 2014, the overall pass rate on the NBCOT examination for all LLCC OTA graduates since the inception of the program in 1998 is 100%.

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