Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accreditation Status

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs at Allen Park and Muskegon are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and can be reached by mail at: c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; phone (301) 652-2682; Web address: www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates from the accredited programs, at either location, will be able to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). A felony conviction or certain misdemeanors may affect a grdauate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state license. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and may apply for licensure in the state of Michigan.

Program Description

The occupational therapy assistant is a technical health care worker who performs patient care under the supervision of a registered or licensed occupational therapist. Typical settings include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, geriatric care facilities, school systems, industrial sites, community based practice, and mental health centers.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Baker College is to provide qualified, competent, entry-level occupational therapy assistants to meet the employment expectations in the health care industry. Through the provision of quality classroom education, state of the art technology, clinical competency requirements, and varied, practical fieldwork experiences; it is the intent of the program to adequately prepare students for the NBCOT examination and for entrance into the allied health profession as competent, certified occupational therapy assistants.


The philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is reflective of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. in that the engagement in occupational therapy can serve to influence one's level of functioning, mentally, physically, and socially. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program recognizes that a person is a biological, social, psychological, and spiritual being who functions as a unified whole and interacts with the environment to perform everyday life tasks or occupations. When the ability to perform these occupations becomes impaired through various biological, physical, psychological, or environmental factors, it is the implementation of meaningful or purposeful activities that can prevent, mediate, or rehabilitate an individual in order to more effectively adapt to one's environment. The profession of occupational therapy utilizes the intrinsic and therapeutic values of one's occupation and purposeful activity to enhance the adaptation process and thus enable the individual to perform at an optimal level of functioning.

Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.

OTA Rotation Schedule

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OTA Program Performance


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, link to certification results: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
Baker College routinely tracks the pass rates for all graduates and first-time test takers of the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants who test within one year of graduating from the program. ACOTE accreditation standards require that the average total pass rate of OTA program graduates taking the national certification exam for the first time over the three most recent calendar years must be 70% or higher. The following information is based on data received from the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Baker College of Allen Park


Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

2010 9 0 0 0%
2011 13 10 7 70%
2012 16 14 12 86%
Total 3-year 38 24 19 79%


Baker College of Muskegon

Year Number of Program Graduates Number of first-time test takers Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam
2011 15 15 15 100%
2012 18 16 14 88%
2013 20 20 20 100%
Total 3-year  50 44 44 95%


The Baker College System