Occupational Therapy Assistant

The current curriculum for the Manchester OTA program can be found in the CT State catalog at http://ct.catalog.acalog.com. For costs, program outcomes and other information on the program, please see below.

Welcome! The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed for students with an interest in working with individuals who are limited in what they can do because of a physical, emotional or developmental disability, illness or the aging process. The goal of occupational therapy is to help people of any age – from newborns to the elderly – live their lives to the fullest – at home, at work or at school – by making it possible for them to perform life’s everyday activities.

Founded in 1917, occupational therapy is a well-established profession and offers many exciting opportunities for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Occupational therapy is an expanding specialty in the healthcare field. Working under the indirect supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant provides patients training on ways to perform life’s daily activities, such as bathing, dressing and cooking. An occupational therapy assistant also offers patients and their families suggestions on how to adapt home, work and school environments to best meet the patient’s special circumstances.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at  CT State Community College Manchester combines coursework with two 8-week supervised clinical experiences that focus on the psycho-social, physical and developmental aspects of practicing occupational therapy.


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)located at 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Manchester Community College’s previously accredited program has undergone a consolidation with those at the other community colleges in Connecticut and now operates under Connecticut State Community College. ACOTE has transferred accreditation of the Manchester Community College OTA program to Connecticut State Community College.  The data presented herein corresponds to the program under its former name, Manchester Community College.


Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy  (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  Additionally, all states require licensure to practice; However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Year Total Number of New Graduates Testing Total Number of New Graduates Passing (% passing) Total Number of New Graduates Failing (% failing)
2023 9 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
2022 19 19 (100%) 0 (0%)
2021 14 14 (100%) 0 (0%)
2020 16 16 (100%)  0 (0%)
2019 16 15 (94%) 1 (6%)

The total number of graduates from MCC’s OTA program during the five-year period of 2018-2023 was 95, with an overall graduation rate of 93%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/
Graduation Rate
2023 14/16 87.5%
2022 23/20 87%
2021 18/17 94%
2020 19/18 95%
2019 21/17 81%
Total 95/88 93%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance.

Find out about a career in Occupational Therapy.

View the Program Curriculum

Application to the Program

Be sure to complete the following SIX steps prior to the application deadline of February 1, 2024.

    1. Attend an Occupational Therapy Assistant information session before February 1, 2024.
    2. Complete Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prerequisites.
      • All candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
      • All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prerequisites include the following CT State courses or their equivalent, if transferring:
        • Bio 1111, Cell Biology with Organ Systems
        • ENG 1010 Composition
        • PSY 1011 General Psychology
        • CCS 1001 College and Career Success
        • Eligibility for college-level math
      • If you have a question regarding the appropriate prerequisites for the Fall 2024 application cycle, please contact the program director listed below.
    3. Review the application process for selective admissions: Application Process
    4. Submit the General Application for Admission/Selective Admissions Application by February 1, 2024. 
    5. Submit official copies of all transcripts by February 1, 2024. Only electronic transcripts are acceptable.
      • For electronic transcripts, visit your previous institutions’ websites for instructions on how to order online transcripts.
    6. Please note: OTA courses from another institution may not be transferred into the OTA Program. Credit for previous course completion including AP courses must be evaluated by the Admissions office to be accepted for transfer. Credit is not provided for prior work experiences inclusive of experiential learning.

Questions: Email Donna Sweeney, M.Ed.,OTR/L, OTA Program Director, or call 860-512-2717.

Cost to Attend


  Fall 2023
10 Credits
Spring 2024
16 Credits
Fall 2024
12 Credits
Tuition CT Resident, OTA Classes $1828.00 $2193.00 $2193.00
OTA Clinical Program Fee $359.00 $359.00 $359.00
Books $516.12 $447.69 $0
Student Activity Fee $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
College Services Fee $250.00 $400.00 $290.00
U-Pass Transportation Fee $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
Total Semester Cost (OTA) $3013.12 $3349.69 $2902.00

Total Program Cost: $9264.81


  Fall 2023
7 Credits
Spring 2024
16 Credits
Fall 2024
3 Credits
Spring 2025
12 Credits
Tuition CT Resident, OTA Classes $1279.00 $2193.00 $549.00 $2193.00
OTA Clinical Program Fee $359.00 $359.00 $359.00 $359.00
Books $391.46 $447.69  $62.66 $0
Student Activity Fee $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
College Services Fee $190.00 $290.00 $110.00 $290.00
U-Pass Transportation Fee $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
Total Semester Cost (OTA) $2279.46 $3349.69 $1140.66 $2902.00

Total Program Cost: $9671.81


  Fall 2023
7 Credits
Spring 2024
8 Credits
Fall 2024
3 Credits
Spring 2025
8 Credits
Fall 2025
12 Credits
Tuition CT Resident, OTA Classes $1279.00 $1462.00 $549.00 $1462.00 $2193.00
OTA Clinical Program Fee $359.00 $359.00 $359.00 $359.00 $359.00
Books $391.46 $254.00 $62.66 $193.69 $0
Student Activity Fee $10.00 $10.00 $20.00 $10.00 $10.00
College Services Fee $190.00 $290.00 $110.00 $210.00 $290.00
U-Pass Transportation Fee $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
Total Semester Cost (OTA) $2269.46 $2335.00 $1140.66 $2274.69 $2892.00

Total Program Cost: $10911.81

Tuition and fees are subject to change and are set by the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Connecticut State Legislature. Totals shown represent OTA classes only; exact program totals are dependent upon the general education courses transferred in by the student. All OTA courses must be taken at CT State Manchester.

Tuition and fees for any outstanding general education* courses and out-of-state tuition can be found on the college’s Tuition and Fees page.

*ANT*1018, BIO*1111, CCS*1001, COM*1301, ENG*1010, MATH*1003 or Math 1201 or Math 1200, PSY*2001 and electives in CSC and Elective ARHX – Arts and Humanities.

Contact Information

Donna Sweeney, M.Ed.,OTR/L
OTA Program Director