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Associate of Applied Science

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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An Occupational Therapy Assistant is a skilled health care practitioner who works with individuals affected by physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn occupational therapy fundamentals, principles, and applications.
  • Develop the knowledge and the full range of skills essential to the practice of occupational therapy through active and participatory learning.

Enrollment is limited for this program.

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

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:

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 graduate’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.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

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