The LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year Associate Degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
A maximum of 24 students will move through this program as a cohort. Some students will follow a traditional model of attendance at LBCC and others will follow a distance education (DE) model of accessing the OTA program-specific courses at the same time via the internet from remote sites in Oregon. The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork components. This is a 6-term, 96-97 credit program designed to be completed within 2 years. Students must fulfill all requirements within 36 months of admission into the program. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months of completion of the classroom portion of the program. Fieldwork placements are determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and will depend on availability of sites. Students travel out of their immediate geographic area to a location in the Pacific Northwest for fieldwork rotations and will be responsible for all associated costs.
Occupational therapy assistants help people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. Their goal is to help patients live more independently. Major employers include hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and occupational therapists’ offices. The number of jobs for occupational therapy assistants nationwide is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2018.In Oregon, the annual entry-level wage for occupational therapy assistants is $38,930 per year. The average annual median wage in Oregon is $47,420, and the average top wage is $54,430. The national entry-level wage is $31,150 per year. The national median wage is $48,230 per year, and the top wage is $65,160 per year.