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Occupational Therapy Assistant


Group Advising Session: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5pm-6pm in Goff 107 on the Oak Ridge campus.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program consists of three semesters of academic preparation and one semester of full-time fieldwork education leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The OTA curriculum includes a blend of online and hybrid courses coupled with face-to-face labs. All students are required to travel to the Oak Ridge campus one day per week for labs. Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are completed in community-based practice settings. Placement decisions are based on factors such as site availability, alignment with program philosophy, and geographic proximity to the student. Fieldwork education may occur in any practice setting in which there is a Clinical Affiliation Agreement between the school and the site. Please refer to the RSCC Catalog for additional information.

Work Settings

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) may provide services in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and long-term care settings, home health agencies, mental health facilities and community-based programs.

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for OTAs is expected to grow 28% from 2016-2026. The BLS reported the national average salary for OTAs was $56,070 in 2016. Salaries will vary according to geographical location, practice setting and other factors.

Credentialing Requirements

Occupational therapy assistant students who successfully complete their academic and fieldwork education requirements will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Initial certification is a requirement for OTA licensure in most states.

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and obtain a license to practice. Concerned applicants may request an Early Determination Review by the NBCOT.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is taught from the Oak Ridge Branch Campus utilizing both face-to-face and distance education delivery formats. Students are typically on-campus 2 days per week.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; (301) 652-2682;


Admission Requirements

Group Advising Session: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5pm-6pm in Goff 107 on the Oak Ridge campus.

OTA Admissions Information

The application deadline is March 31 each year.

Applications Required for the OTA Program

Program Costs

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses.

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses

Visit the bookstore for book titles and prices

Faculty & Staff

Teri Gergen
Click above for email address
(865) 481-2011
Program Director

Susan Sain
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 2222
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Jerri J Kiser
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4994
Chattanooga State:
Chattanooga State: (423) 697-8757
Distance Education Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Mariella Akers
Click above for email address
(865) 481-2000 ext .2007
Allied Health Sciences Secretary
Oak Ridge Branch Campus

For information regarding the status of your AHS application for the OTA program, please contact:

Health Sciences Admission Advisor
Michael Burtch
(865) 354-3000, ext. 4705


Links for Graduates


Teri Gergen • (865) 481-2011 • Click name for email address

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