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 assists clients of all ages with a variety of health and wellness needs in order to recover, learn, prevent, or maintain their daily living skills and engage in life to their fullest potential.  The duties of an Occupational Therapy Assistant includes, assisting throughout the occupational therapy process and application with evaluation, intervention and outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, compensatory techniques, equipment needs, graded skill building, environmental modifications and documentation.  You will learn clinical reasoning for the application of safe, effective treatment with attention to the client’s context.

Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, a selective admissions program, reinforces lecture courses with labs and supervised clinical fieldwork experiences.  You will explore the occupational therapy process and its application, as well as the therapeutic application of methods and modalities of occupational based intervention.  You will learn about physical, psychosocial, developmental and wellness issues that benefit from occupational therapy, clinical protocols for intervention, assessment tools and methods, and the therapeutic application of daily life activities.  The program prepares you for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. It is the policy of the OTA Program, at the time of enrollment to make the student aware that a felony conviction has the potential to impact their eligibility to sit for the exam and to be credentialed, through imposed sanctions, including barring a candidate from being certified either indefinitely or for a period of time.

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
  • Foundation Skills of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • 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, 301.652.AOTA, www.acoteonline.org.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Macomb Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 91 with an overall graduation rate of 88.3%.

Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 34/31 91%
2015 35/33 91%
2014 34/27 89%
Total 103/91 88.3%

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

Year          NBCOT Pass Rate
2016 100%
2015 100%
2014 97%

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 Administrative Assistant, Barbara Resseguie at 586-226-4760.

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