University of Southern Indiana
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The occupational therapist assistant helps individuals gain skills needed to become independent in daily living activities under the direction of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist. Students learn the therapeutic use of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability, and maintain health. The ultimate goal is to improve an individual’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

About the Program
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a 66-credit hour associate degree, which consists of:

  • 17-hour foundation of liberal arts and sciences (50 percent of USI University Core Curriculum)
  • 49 hours of occupational therapy assistant courses.

Students will take the 17-hour block of University Core Curriculum classes prior to enrolling in the Program

After acceptance in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students will complete the 43-credit hour didactic component and the 6-credit hour clinical component.

In addition to classroom and laboratory hours, this degree includes 16 40-hour weeks of integrated practicum experiences.

Full-time students can complete the Associate of Science Degree with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant in five semesters and one summer.

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are encouraged to continue their studies for a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Services.

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

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at USI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’S telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA, and its web address is

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