The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to provide a quality educational experience that will prepare future professionals in promoting and maintaining the holistic health and wellness of individuals through engagement in occupation over the lifespan. Our graduates will develop skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and perform as entry level professionals under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT). Focused course work prepares students for the certification examination they will take to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Employment for Occupational Therapy Assistants may be in but not limited to hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities/nursing homes, out-patient clinics, home healthcare, community, and educational settings. 

Parker University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program consists of 8 pre-professional courses, 16 professional courses, which include 4 months of clinical fieldwork experience courses for a total of 6 terms (24 months) to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Parker University conducts courses on a year-round basis with scheduled vacations each year. The major curriculum is offered during the day, on-campus between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. Please note: The days can vary based on the course being offered. Students are provided a semester schedule approximately one month prior to the start of the subsequent semester. Within the program is an on-line seminar course which accompanies the Level II Clinical Fieldwork Experiences. The Clinical Fieldwork experiences occur off-campus at various locations and are based on the hours of the Occupational Therapy Practitioners and the Fieldwork sites. The hours can vary anytime between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Friday (with a possible Saturday).