Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Welcome! The MCC 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 health care field. Working under the (indirect) supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant provides 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 MCC program combines coursework with a
four-month supervised clinical experience that focuses on the psychosocial, physical and developmental aspects of practicing occupational therapy. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Go to the link below to compare Manchester Community College’s OTA Graduates’ performance on the NBCOT Certification Exam to exam pass rates for all OTA programs.

Additionally, MCC’s past 3 years, as reported in the aggregate, remains at 100% — well above the national average.

Find out about a career in Occupational Therapy.

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Application to the Program

In addition to completing the MCC Students Application, students who are interested in pursuing a health career in Occupational Therapy are required to fill out a separate Health Career Program application (applications are also available by calling the Admissions office at 860-512-3210) and return it to the Health Careers Office, LRC A237.


Maggie Moriarty

Contact Information

Maggie Moriarty , Program Director
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
860-512-2719

MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and "real world" credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

Last Update: March 06 2014
For additional information, contact: 860-512-2704