Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants help people live their best lives. If you are a patient, compassionate person who would like a challenging job that’s different every day, then our Occupational Therapy Assistant program can help you kick-start your career in health care and human services.

The deadline for application submission is May 11, 2023


Dallas College has received accreditation for its Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®). The accreditation process is designed to facilitate development, and substantial support is provided to the program during the process. You may contact the OTA program director, as well as the AOTA Accreditation Department, should you have any questions.

Contact Information

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

301-652-2682 (AOTA)

Certification and Licensure

Dallas College OTA graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. After successful completion of this exam, the student will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Note: a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.

Applicants with a felony conviction should consult NBCOT (www.nbcot.org) to determine eligibility to sit for the certification examination prior to applying for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.