The OTA Program is a 24-month program (including pre-admission semester). That includes 16 weeks of full-time fieldwork in two different settings at the end of your program. This fieldwork may occur in traditional and emerging practice settings. Three level-one experiences are required during the classroom portion of the program.

You’ll study the principles, history, and philosophy of occupational therapy intervention. Course work includes medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and statistics. You’ll learn techniques for treatments, taking into account the patient’s condition, development and psychosocial status.

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 

Admission to the program is competitive with the program accepting 25 students each year.

What to Expect

  • OT Theory
    The study of the OT principles, OT history, OT philosophy, psychosocial and developmental dysfunctions, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.
  • OT Practice
    Learning techniques for treatments taking into account the patient’s condition, physical, development and/or psychosocial status.
  • OT Fieldwork
    Fieldwork occurs in traditional and/or emerging settings. Three Level 1 experiences are required during the classroom portion of the program. Two 8-week (total 16 weeks) full-time level 2 fieldworks are completed during the final semester of the program.


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About the LCCC/EHOVE Collaboration

Lorain County Community College (LCCC) is partners with EHOVE Career Center to offer the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program with the degree of Associate of Applied Science.

EHOVE Career Center is a renowned career technical school in Milan Township. The adult center facility draws students from a variety of locales in Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties. Situated at a convenient location, EHOVE offers ease of access and modern and well-maintained facilities.

The center is committed to excellence in career and academic preparations. EHOVE serves area residents with a comprehensive student-support program and are a valued partner within the educational and economic systems of the community. EHOVE collaborates with higher educational institutions to create pathways for its student to earn degrees in high demand careers. LCCC is one of those partners that can advance the skills and knowledge needed to meet the educational needs of exciting and challenging careers.