Tyler Junior College

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant

A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)* works under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) in various settings including homes, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clinics, and community centers.“Young or old, we all have a job to do—the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the “occupations” of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges often prevent people from fully participating in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent. Occupational therapy – a vibrant, growing profession—makes it possible for people to achieve independence and enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.” (AOTA, 2014)

Program Outcomes

Information regarding program outcomes is available at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


After successfully completing the program, OTA students will be eligible to sit for the National Exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, the state of Texas requires licensure to practice. Licensure involves a separate application process and is based on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure.


The 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Degree Plans

Professional Organizations


Elizabeth Olivier MHS, LOT
Professor/Department Chair
eoli@tjc.edu | 903-510-2362
Jennifer Garner MS, OTR
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
jgar@tjc.edu | 903-510-2137
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/OTA

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Contact Information

Elizabeth Olivier, MHS, LOT Professor/Department Chair Occupational Therapy Assistant

Email: eoli@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2362