Occupational Therapy Assistant

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The Program was placed on Continuing Accreditation-Probationary effective April 2, 2022.

At ENMU-Roswell, students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and learn how they can work in this rewarding and dynamic health care field.Occupational Therapists help people whose lives have been affected by physical or mental illness or injury, such as a car accident or a stroke. Clients who benefit from occupational therapy include infants and children, working-age adults, and older persons whose condition affects their ability to engage in everyday activities or ‘occupations,’ Examples range from basic activities and life skills like bathing, dressing, and eating to more complicated tasks like using a phone or computer; driving a car; writing a check; or returning to work and school.

The number of student enrollment in OTA core courses at all levels is limited. Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students who want to progress into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Core Courses should be aware that the program consists of a two-year program of study following completion of the first year courses (which may take one year or more to complete). The first year courses consist of selected academic courses in preparation for progression in the OTA program.

Beginning with the cohort entering the OTA program in the Spring Semester of 2020, students will attend an online distance learning course per semester. The instructor will originate asynchronous instruction online. Onsite personnel is present for the online course(s) to assist with technical issues.

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification exam administered by the national board of Certification of Occupational Therapy.

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

Graduate performance results for all OTA Programs are published by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT): HTTPS://SECURE.NBCOT.ORG/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX.

2017 Cohort
New Students
Entering OTA Program
Number of Graduates
for 2017 Cohort
Graduation Rate
2019 27 23 85.2%
  2018 Cohort
New Students
Entering OTA Program
Number of Graduates
for 2018 Cohort
Graduation Rate
2020*Impacted by COVID-19 23 20 86.9%
  2019 Cohort
New Students
Entering OTA Program
Number of Graduates
for 2019 Cohort
Graduation Rate
2021*Impacted by COVID-19 22 17 77.2%
Three year Total 72 60 83.1%


The total number of graduates from the ENMU-R Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three years of 2019-2021 was 60, with an overall graduation rate of 83.1%. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Certification allows the graduate to apply for licensure in states that have licensure laws.  Licenses required by states are usually based on results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Following completion of the two year coursework, students will spend 16 weeks in clinical affiliation (OT 260 and OT 262) to gain skills in the practice of occupational therapy.  THESE EXPERIENCES ARE MANDATORY AND WILL REQUIRE OUT OF TOWN TRAVEL AND HOUSING EXPENSES.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure. Information on the guidelines for felony convictions can be found under Publications “disciplinary actions” at www.NBCOT.org and Rules and Law “disciplinary proceedings” at New Mexico Board of Occupational Therapy.

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to supporting institutional learning outcomes and building upon the foundational general education outcomes, upon completion of this program students will be able to: 

  • Assist in an individualized client evaluation, during which the person’s goals are determined by the client/family and occupational therapist.
  • Implement therapeutic activities and intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals.
  • Assist in an outcome evaluation/assessment of client progress to ensure that goals are being met and/or make changes to the plan.
  • Collaborate with the OT in implementing evidence-based treatment programs, training patients in therapeutic exercises and activities of daily living, and providing documentation to the OT about the client’s responses to and communications during intervention and documentation related to outcome achievement.