Southwest Virginia Community College offers an accredited Occupational Therapy 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.
BUILD A GOOD FOUNDATION
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.
- Students learn how to help individuals engage in purposeful activities and occupations.
- 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 assistants will rise by nearly 40 percent over the next decade.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can find employment in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Nursing homes
- Rehab clinics
- Social service agencies
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). Please refer to the OT Assistant program page for full information about accreditation.
The total number of graduates from the Southwest Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2020-2022, was 51 with an overall graduation rate of 77%.
Program Outcome Data (Graduation)
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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online: https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance
Cost of the OTA Program based on the current published tuition rate of $156.75 per credit hour with fees for Virginia residents:
Cost of OTA Program (2-yr, 5 semester 2020-2022)
TERM -Tuition Rate* + Books and Supplies
FALL 2020 (17 CREDITS*) – 2664.75 + 250.00
SPRING 2021 (16 CREDITS*) – 2508.00 + 425.00
SUMMER 2021 (6 CREDITS) – 940.50 + 500.00
FALL 2021 (14 CREDITS) – 2194.50 + 425.00
SPRING 2022 (13 CREDITS) – 2037.75 + 500.00
TOTAL TUITION = 10,345.50
TOTAL BOOKS & SUPPLIES = 2100.00
TOTAL PROGRAM COST = 12,445.50
*credits will vary during the first two semesters, depending if the student has completed any required general education courses.
In addition to the college application, a separate Occupational Therapy Assistant program application with supporting documentation is required.
Effective 9/24/21 the TEAS test is NOT required for OTA applicants. Refer to OTA Admission Requirements Drop TEAS for more information.