Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Length of time is based on catalog degree plans. Prerequisites may be required, which are not included in this estimate. For most programs, full-time student status is assumed, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Cost is based on tuition rates for program hours and Dallas County residents. It does not include additional supplies, fees or books. Find out about financial aid.

Exams and Licensing

Program graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination to become licensed as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Once candidates have their associate degree, documented fieldwork experience and passing NBCOT exam grade in hand, they may apply to their state for licensure.

Every OTA in the United States must be licensed in their state and complete the national certification exam in order to practice. Each state has their own set of rules for licensure including continuing education and other requirements.


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