Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

As an occupational therapy assistant, you can make a difference in your community by providing quality and compassionate care. 

Our Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant is designed for completion in just two years! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 40 percent from 2014-2024 – much faster than the average for all occupations. If you are ready to impact lives and advance your career, then an associate of applied science in occupational therapy assistant is the right degree for you. Start the path to your future today! 



Advance your career by earning a college degree.


Grow into a competent healthcare professional.


Experience hands-on learning outside the classroom.

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Learn the essential skills necessary to become an occupational therapy assistant. Candidates interested in applying to the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program are encouraged to reach out today!

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Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Accreditation

The South College-Asheville Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 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.  Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).   After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure.  Pass rates for the graduates of the OTA program at South College-Asheville on the NBCOT certification exam can be accessed at

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Consumer Information: Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.