Occupational Therapy Assistant

Distance Education program in partnership with Linn-Benton Community College

In collaboration with Linn Benton Community College (LBCC), Central Oregon Community College (COCC) 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 COCC, apply for the distance program, and receive the degree via distance delivery while remaining here in the local community.  Students can also taking required support courses here at COCC.  Clinical skills classes will be taught over two terms on the COCC-Bend campus and field work can be completed at participating clinical partners in Central Oregon.

OTA Distance Education program in partnership with 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 OTA Program

An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded by Linn-Benton Community College with COCC offering general education classes and related coursework. The program can be completed while living in the Central Oregon. Financial aid may be available through LBCC.


  • To see detailed information about the program and how to apply, please see LBCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant Bulletin. You can also view the LBCC OTA webpage.

  • To view which classes to take which term, please see LBCC/COCC OTA Course Sequencing. You can take general education and related course before the term listed but not after the term listed.

  • To ask questions about the LBCC OTA partnership at COCC, please contact Diana Kalanquin at (541) 383-7286, dlkalanquin@cocc.edu, CAP Center Advisor, Cascades Hall  228.

  • To talk to someone from LBCC about the OTA program, please contact Lorraine Lara at (541) 917-4544, laral@linnbenton.edu, Healthcare Academic Planning Assistant, office T-220.