Occupational Therapy

Helping people live life to the fullest in a Life.Changing. Career!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 7 Terms (21 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)


If you are searching for a career that is meaningful, health related, and provides a range of study opportunities with diverse work settings to choose from, occupational therapy might be a perfect fit for you. Occupational therapy is an exciting and growing profession that enables people to develop or retain independence when disability, illness, or other barriers create difficulty in living life to the fullest. Occupational therapy is set apart from other professions in health care because of its holistic nature. OT values the whole person and enables people of all ages and abilities to engage in the activities - the occupations - that are meaningful to their lives.

After program completion, you will be eligible to take the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


What you will learn:
  • Help children and adults gain skills in daily activities such as dressing and feeding
  • Help people gain strength, coordination, and other skills to return to work, school, and leisure activities
  • Confront problems and help solve them by suggesting innovative activities, devices, strategies, and technologies to help clients gain more independence in their lives
  • Be part of a team that helps make a person’s home, school, work or other community setting safer and more productive


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant or a Director of Rehabilitation Services!


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The total number of graduates from IHCC OTA program during a 5-year period of 2013-2017 was 90 with an overall graduation rate of 72.2%.

Program Outcomes
Graduation Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Students Entering/Graduating 14/19 16/20 14/25 25/20 21/15 90/99
Graduation Rate 74% 80% 56% 80% 71% 72.2%

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



Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Denise!

Denise Kluever, Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant
(641)683-4243 or (800)726-2585 x4243