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Occupational Therapy Assisting (B.S.)

Occupational Therapy is Where Science, Creativity and Compassion Collide

Occupational Therapy is a profession that understands the crucial importance of knowing the uniqueness of others.

“Young or old, we all have a job to do – the job of living.”
– American Occupational Therapy Association

The Occupational Therapy Assistant B.S. program is a unique professional degree program designed to prepare students upon graduation, to take the National Board of Certification (NBCOT) Exam to become an occupational therapy assistant.  Graduates may also apply to graduate school to become

Why consider a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Licensed occupational therapy assistants (OTA) are creative caring professionals that work underneath the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. They are passionate about helping babies, children, teens, or adults of all ages affected by illness, disability or injury to achieve maximum independence by helping them gain or rebuild skills important for their health, safety, and well-being.

Occupational therapy assistants are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the future need for occupational therapy assistants due to the aging population is projected to grow 31 percent by 2028.

Students can look forward to a dynamic career helping people with traumatic injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and nursing homes. In addition, students have diverse career opportunities to help children with Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems in early intervention programs, school systems, private practice, public health and community programs.

Watch the video below to learn more about occupational therapy and see what a career in this field can do for you!

Occupational therapy graduate working with young girl
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Why Choose St. Andrew’s University?

Enter as a freshman and gain direct admission into the Pre-OTA program. Enjoy small classes, labs and seminars where you receive personalized attention from faculty.

Faculty bring real life clinical experience into your classes to help you reach your career goals and aspirations. Enhance your critical thinking skills with a liberal arts education. The curriculum is designed to combine coursework in the arts, humanities and sciences in addition to your occupational therapy professional studies.

Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. The unique nature of the program includes rich interprofessional experiences so that you can expand your intellectual skills and stand out as an expert clinician in the field. Students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically and are more engaged on campus. Join a dynamic pre-professional degree program that has diverse career opportunities and high career placement rates.

Medicine Adds Days to Lives, Occupational Therapy Adds Life to Days

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program have the unique ability to identify an individual’s ability to participate in occupation and are trained to design an intervention plan tailored specifically to an individual client when disease or injury affects a person’s physical and emotional ability to do everyday tasks, or be active and independent. Program Highlights:

  • Enter as a freshman and earn a spot for admission into the OTA program
  • Small classes, labs and seminars with personalized attention from dedicated occupational therapy faculty with real-life clinical experience & expertise
  • Institutional Accreditation through The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Granted Candidacy Status in the three-step accreditation process for new programs by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). For questions about accreditation, ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

Career Opportunities

 Where can an Occupational Therapy Assisting degree from St. Andrews take you?


Rehabilitation Facilities

Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Facilities


Therapy Clinics

Private Practice

Home Health Care

Community & Public Health Programs

Licensure and Program Accreditation

The St. Andrews University (A Branch of Webber International University) Occupational Therapy Assistant, Bachelor of Science (BSOTA) Program is seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has received Candidacy Status designation for newly developing programs.

The granting of CANDIDACY STATUS is the first step in the three-step accreditation process for new programs which means that, on the basis of the examination of the program’s Candidacy Application Document, ACOTE has determined that the proposed program appears to meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrates the ability to meet the applicable ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Bachelor’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist Assistant if fully implemented as planned.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. For questions about accreditation, ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

therapist giving knee massage to man