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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program Information

Associate of Applied Science


Curriculum Accreditation Performance


Occupational therapy assistants, working under the supervision of occupational therapists, provide skilled treatments to individuals across the lifespan. Treatment interventions are designed to promote successful engagement in everyday activities (occupations). These include the skills necessary for learning, social interaction and recovery from emotional, physical or cognitive limitations.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.


This program is offered on the following campuses: Allen Park (AP), Muskegon (MU), Owosso (OW)
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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (AAS)

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Program Waiver / Handbook

Program Mission & Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduate will demonstrate …

  1. Fundamentals of OTA Practice through ethics and safety.
  2. Basic tenets of Occupational Therapy through the philosophy, OT/OTA roles, and evidence based practice.
  3. Assist in the evaluation/screening process by gathering data, administering assessments, assisting with interpretation, reporting results, and collaborating with OT to establish goals.
  4. Performs interventions by planning, selecting, implementing, grading according to activity analysis, modifying intervention plans, and therapeutic use of self.
  5. Consistent professional level communication including verbal communication, non?verbal communication and written.
  6. Professional behaviors through self responsibility, response to feedback, work behaviors, time management, interpersonal skills, and cultural competence.
  7. Readiness for the NBCOT exam


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

Yes,  Background Check required.  Visit the Background Checks page for more information.


Additional Program Information

Health Forms:  Baker College Health Information Form 

Accreditation Status:  The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Baker College of Allen Park, Barker College of Muskegon, and Baker College of Owosso are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; Phone : (301) 652-2682; Web address: Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, clients, caregivers, families, members of the healthcare team and with individuals of all ages, races, genders, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform job functions and duties.
  • Observe clients' response before, during, and after treatment in close and distant proximity to maintain client safety and assess their performance
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the client.
  • Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and clients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Demonstrate motor skills for safe and effective client-centered intervention.
  • Provide assessment and treatment for clients with varied disabilities including clients who may be terminally ill, have transmittable diseases, psychiatric disorders, developmental disorders, and other conditions.
  • Utilize technology for coursework and client-centered interventions. Perform continuous physical work to fulfill clinical education course requirements.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions, emergent demands, and a distracting environment.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to assess and reassess the clients occupational performance including adaptations and analysis of tasks based on best practices.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to fulfill clinical and course requirements.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) professional standards and Code of Ethics established by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, and clinical site policies and procedures.


Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semester: Spring       Health Science Limited Enrollment Application Spring 2020

Admission Exam: Test of Required Academic Skills (TEAS), 30% of ranking

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Required Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

(70% of Ranking)

ENG 1010 HSC 1010 BIO 1210
ENG 1020   BIO 1211
MTH 1110   BIO 1220
PSY 1110   BIO 1221
SPK 2010   BIO 2150


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.


Library Resources

Visit the Baker College Research Guide page for library research resources for this program.

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Clinical / Work Experience Information

For information about when to apply, how to apply, and application requirements, please visit our Work Experience Information web page.

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