Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.
-Mary Reilly, Occupational Therapy Pioneer and Founding Director of UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute

What Does an Occupational Therapy Assistant Do?

Under the direction of an Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant will help patients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental impairments recover or improve their daily living skills. The duties of an Occupational Therapy Assistant include assessing a patient’s skill-level prior to occupational therapy, developing a plan for their rehabilitation, teaching them how to use equipment, leading them in activities and exercises, and evaluating and documenting their progress.

Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, a selective admission program, reinforces lecture courses with labs and supervised clinical fieldwork. You will explore the occupational therapy process and its application, as well as the therapeutic applications of making crafts and performing daily tasks. You will learn about the mental health conditions that benefit from occupational therapy, clinical protocols for physical rehabilitation and the use of screening and assessment tools. The program prepares you for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses at Macomb

In the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Orientation to Occupational Therapy
  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Activity Media & Task Analysis
  • Medical & Professional Language in Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation
  • Human Development & Clinical Interaction
  • Rehabilitation Conditions and Intervention Planning
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy – Lab & Lecture
  • Therapeutic and Psychosocial Intervention
  • Skills for Occupational Therapy Documentation 1 & 2
  • Professional Behaviors, Communications & Ethics
  • Level 1 Fieldwork – First Placement
  • Technology & Environmental Intervention
  • Productive Aging
  • Clinical Transition & Service Management
  • Advanced Physical Rehabilitation
  • Level 1 and 2 Fieldwork


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA’s phone number is 301.652.AOTA.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Macomb Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 93 with an overall graduation rate of 90%.

Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2015 35/33 91%
2014 34/27 89%
2013 36/33 89%
Total 105/93 90%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and upon passing of the NBCOT and state licensure exams you will be qualified for positions that include occupational therapy assistant.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

For more information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant program advisor: Professor Phyllis Clements, 586.286.2076.

Find out more now with the complete Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Description.

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