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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

With our accredited associate degree, you’ll be qualified for OT assistant jobs in less than two years.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree provides you with superior training for well-paying health care jobs.

Southwest Virginia Community College offers an accredited OT assistant degree, so you’ll receive training that meets the highest professional and academic standards. You’ll also get plenty of one-on-one attention and personalized support from your instructors. If you encounter challenges in or out of the classroom, we’ll be there.

Our associate degree program for Occupational Therapy Assistants allows you to:

  • Get hands-on laboratory experience.
  • Receive supervised training from occupational therapy professionals in a workplace environment
  • Acquire specialized occupational therapy skills that are in high demand.
  • Develop computer skills and conduct Internet research
  • Earn transferable credits that you can use toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduate with an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree.

Our Accredited Associate’s Degree Helps You Compete for the Best OT Assistant Jobs

Occupational therapy assistants earn good incomes and work in a wide variety of settings. The U.S. Labor Department estimates that job openings for occupational therapy assistant will rise by nearly 40 percent over the next decade.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can find employment in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehab clinics
  • Schools
  • Social service agencies

Program Locations:  The SWCC OTA program is located on the SWCC Booth Center campus in Grundy, Virginia. The program also has an additional accredited site on the Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) campus in Abingdon, Virginia.  Note: To qualify for admission to the OTA group at VHCC, student must reside in the physical regions served by VHCC, Mountain Empire Community College, or Wytheville Community College.

Outcomes: The total number of graduates from the Southwest Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 72, with an overall graduation rate of 80%.

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For NBCOT’s annual board exam pass rates of OTA and OT graduates, please see:

By earning an accredited OT assistant degree, you can compete for the very best jobs. Our OT Assistant associate’s degree holds accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a division of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Southwest Virginia Community College with additional accredited site at Virginia Highlands Community College 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

Get in touch with Southwest Virginia Community College at 276.964.7238 or or contact the Program Adviser Annette Looney,, 276.964.7643 for more information about our career-building, accredited OT assistant program.


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View the complete list of course requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Degree at SWCC

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