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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

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.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Macomb Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 80 with an overall graduation rate of 77%.


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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at


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Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

  1. Prepares you for the national (NBCOT) certification exam
  2. 100% of Macomb OTA grads passed certification exam in 2018
  3. Access to job placement through Career Services

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Courses at Macomb

  • 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

Career Opportunities in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in Macomb’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

If you intend to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


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), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301.652.AOTA,

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

How do I find out more about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program?

For more information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Administrative Assistant, Connie Peters, at 586.226.4760.

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