Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). As a result of this action, Hawkeye Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant students may now sit for the National Board.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares students with entry-level skills and knowledge to provide treatments that improve consumers’ ability to achieve independence in everyday activities and to enjoy life to its fullest. Students will learn how to provide occupational therapy interventions for clients with various impairments and monitor their progress while following an occupational therapy plan of care. They will also learn to effectively educate and communicate with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist. Duties may include instructing patients in performance of activities of daily living, teaching clients to use adaptive equipment or modifying tasks to increase successful participation in meaningful occupations, and educating consumers in health and wellness.

Due to the nature of the work environment and the physical exertion often required to assist patients, you will need to have a moderate degree of strength. For example, you will need to be able to lift patients, kneel, stoop, and stand for long periods of time.

Students should be aware that a felony conviction can have a serious and negative impact on eligibility for certification and credentialing as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Hawkeye Community College Accreditation

National Certification Examination

Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licensure is usually based on the results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certification Examination.

Graduation Year Students
Graduation Rate Number of First-Time Test Takers Percentage of First-Time Test Takers
Who Passed the Exam
2013 13/12 92% 12 100%
2014 16/11 69% 11 100%
2015 20/18 90% 18 100%
2016 18/16 89% 16 100%
Total 67/57 85% 57 100%

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Program Advisor

Cindy Koehn
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1195
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Program Chair

Booker Johnson
Health Education and Services Center 228C
319-296-2329 ext.1255
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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