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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Distance Education program in collaboration with Linn-Benton Community College:

In collaboration with Linn Benton Community College (LBCC), Rogue Community College (RCC) is partnering to bring the Occupational Physical Therapy Assistant program to our region via distance education.  A student wishing to study the following occupation may take prerequisite courses here at RCC, apply for the distance program, and receive the degree via distance delivery while remaining here in the local community.  Below is a detailed description of this program and links to application and other information at LBCC.

What does an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) do?

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Their goal is to help patients live more independently. Major employers include hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and occupational therapist' offices.

Occupational outlook for OTA's

The number of jobs for occupational therapy assistants nationwide is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2018. In Oregon, the annual entry-level wage for occupational therapy assistants is $38,930 per year. The average annual median wage in Oregon is $47,420, and the average top wage is $54,430. The national entry-level wage is $31,150 per year. The national median wage is $48,230 per year, and the top wage is $65,160 per year.

About the Program

A total of two students will move through the OTA Fall 2017 program. The curriculum includes classroom, lab and fieldwork. An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded by Linn-Benton Community College with RCC offering program prerequisites, general education classes and related coursework. The program can be completed while living in the Rogue Valley. NOTE: Students will be expected to travel two to four times per term to LBCC. Financial aid may be available through LBCC.

2017 Information Sessions

**SAVE THE DATE**  Come to a Pre-Application Information Session.  Learn about a career in Occupational Therapy, find out about what you need to know about how to apply to the OTA Program, and get your questions answered!

  • Session A (On-line via Zoom): Weds, Feb 22, 6pm-8pm. LIMITED TO 20 participants
  • Session B (In-person at LBCC Lebanon campus): Saturday, Feb 25; 10am-noon
  • Session C (In-person at LBCC Lebanon campus): Saturday, Feb 25; 1pm-3pm

To register for any of the above sessions, email with your name, session preference, and preferred contact info.  You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions for that session.

How to apply

Applications for the Fall 2017 program will open online April 10, 2017, midnight. (Neither early or late applications will be considered). Online application deadline: April 21, 2017. Please note: Applicants do not need to be an admitted Linn-Benton Community College student to apply for this program.

For more information, please see LBCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant website

Lorraine Lara Linn-Benton Academic Planning, 541-917-4923

The application for admission (OTA Program Bulletin) is available to view for reference only. If you have questions regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant program please contact:

Christine Morris
Health Professions Education Coordinator