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Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)

Associate of Applied Science

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.

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What Does an Occupational Therapy Assistant Do?

Working with registered occupational therapists, you'll help clients carry out treatment plans to develop or retain independence when disability, illness, or other barriers create difficulty in living life to the fullest.

Where Do Occupational Therapy Assistants Work?

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Rehabiltation centers
  • Disability care agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Home health providers

Job Outlook

$56k
starting salary

23%
job growth through 2032

$0
zero tuition possible with Last Dollar Scholarship

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Total Cost: In-state: $19,420
Out-of-state: $23,580
Entry Term: Fall
Length: 7 Terms or 21 Months

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Top 5 Reasons to Get Your OTA Degree at Indian Hills:

  • There’s a big demand for occupational therapy assistants in every county in Iowa.  
  • You might qualify for a tuition-free degree. No, really.
  • It’s a super-flexible program, so you can keep working while you learn.
  • Gain confidence and professional savvy to wow hiring managers.
  • You'll never stop learning — and you'll help people every day.

Patients of every age need your help to live independently. It's time to start your Life. Changing. career.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In-state tuition: $203 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state tuition: $255 per credit hour
  • Your total bill will be based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. Some programs of study will require you to purchase a uniform, books, tools, or other items, and it is important to budget for these costs as well.
  • For more information on the Cost of Attendance, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Yes, we have five residence halls including apartment-style and traditional style dorms.

Indian Hills has articulation agreements and transfer plans with many four-year colleges and universities. However, not all credits are guaranteed to transfer because of differences in programs and requirements among various institutions. An Academic Advisor will also assist you in your future academic plans.

The first step in order to receive financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit the FAFSA online. It is important to file the FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible to ensure you receive priority processing.

Our school code is 008298.

Most degrees at Indian Hills can be completed in approximately 2 years depending on program and individual circumstances such as transfer credits and time away from school.

View detailed program requirements in our catalog.

Accreditation Information

The Indian Hills Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Telephone number is (301) 652-6611; website is https://acoteonline.org/

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

  • Students Enrolled: 13
  • Graduation Rate: 77% (10)

  • Students Enrolled: 18
  • Graduation Rate: 72% (13)

  • Students Enrolled: 15
  • Graduation Rate: 60% (9)

  • Students Enrolled: 46
  • Graduation Rate: 70% (32)

The total number of graduates from IHCC OTA program during the 3-year period from 2021 to 2023 was 32 with an overall graduation rate of 70%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at: https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

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Cindy Ripp
OTA Program Director

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Abby Benjamin

Abby Benjamin
Admissions

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