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Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work with clients to develop, regain, and improve skills for daily living, or occupations. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Stanbridge University prepares you to help people with physical or mental limitations maximize their independence and live full, meaningful lives. You're given the opportunity to master adaptation techniques and therapeutic treatments in advanced skills labs outfitted with the industry’s latest technology and equipment. We believe a learning environment that mirrors actual career scenarios will foster excitement and confidence, so we continually expand and enrich our facility to this end.

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Video: Hands-on Training for Student Success: OTA Degree Program

Hands-on Training for Student Success: OTA Degree Program

Video: Finding My Passion and a Job I Enjoy Every Day: OTA Alumni Share Success

Finding My Passion and a Job I Enjoy Every Day: OTA Alumni Share Success

Video: OTA Community Engagement Student Fellowship Project with the High Hopes Head Injury Program

OTA Community Engagement Student Fellowship Project with the High Hopes Head Injury Program

Video: OTA Community Engagement Student Fellowship with Maxum Therapy

OTA Community Engagement Student Fellowship with Maxum Therapy

Video: Celebrating True Heroes: National Occupational Therapy Month for OTs and OTAs

Celebrating True Heroes: National Occupational Therapy Month for OTs and OTAs

Video: A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

NBCOT-COTA Exam Preparation

With a 91% OTA pass rate, 5-year average 2015-2019,1 we’re committed to preparing our OTA students for certification. Throughout your program, you’ll receive cumulative reviews and exit exams followed by a comprehensive end-of-program review and NBCOT-COTA exam prep course.

Eight World-Class Therapy Skills Labs

The eight spacious Therapy Skills Labs give students access to a multitude of exercise equipment, adaptive equipment, mobility devices, therapeutic activities, positioning devices, physical agent modalities, and home-simulation areas.

Virtual Reality Meets Classroom Concepts

Delve into high-fidelity, virtual-holographic 3D models and animations of over 1,000 biological and anatomical structures.

Human Cadaver Lab

The Human Cadaver Lab houses both real and synthetic human cadavers giving you an in-depth and tactile understanding of human anatomy. As the first cadaver lab on the West Coast to feature SynDaver full-body synthetic human cadavers, you can get hands-on training with life-like body systems, bones, muscles, and organs.

Student Occupational Therapy Association of Stanbridge

Join a collaborative, active, and engaging group of fellow OTA students and work together to serve local community needs and raise awareness of occupational therapy.

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with healthcare services brings concepts learned in class to life in real healthcare environments.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

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Inside the Classroom

OTA degree student swing therapy

Students begin to explore the benefits of Sensory Integration and the techniques used in therapy sessions in our pediatric lab spaces.

Nursing School Virtual Reality Lab

In the Virtual Reality Lab at our Orange County campus, you can interact with high-fidelity, 3D models to gain an in-depth look at the inner workings of anatomy and biology.

OTA students networking southern california

Occupational Therapy Assistant students and alumni at our Orange County campus network with Southern California employers to learn more about their future careers.

OTA degree student coordination therapy

Students on our OC campus engage with children through a series of therapeutic activities designed to develop hand and eye coordination skills.

OTA students learn human anatomy

OTA students learn in-depth human anatomy from synthetic and real cadavers in the Human Cadaver Lab on campus in Irvine, Orange County.

OTA students strengthen motor skills

OTA students at our Orange County campus learn how to use dynamic techniques to help future clients strengthen or develop their gross motor skills.

Stanbridge Student Occupational Therapy Association

The Student Occupational Therapy Association of Stanbridge (SOTAS) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote OT to their community while hosting networking and service events.

OTA degree therapy skills lab

One of the Irvine campus Therapy Skills Labs features simulated environments including a bathroom and kitchen to practice helping clients at home.

OTA students transfer clients

Students at our Orange County campus work together in small groups to learn how to transfer their clients from a hospital bed to a wheelchair.

OTA degree therapy adaptive equipment

Students develop their skills by training with professional therapy adaptive equipment in this Therapy Skills Lab, located at our Orange County campus.

OTA students raise OT awareness

OTA students raise public awareness of occupational therapy through fundraisers and special events on campus in Irvine, Orange County.

Nursing Program High Tech Classroom

Classrooms at the OC campus equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

Stanbridge University Student Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center at our Orange County campus provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

“The therapy labs have a complete range of equipment and tools that students can use in the real field of OT. All of them were accurate and precise, even more so than many facilities I’ve visited.”

Jiro Francisco, Stanbridge University Graduate, OTA

"Innovative. Progressive. Top test scores in the state. Stanbridge University graduates arrive ready to work. Having the unique experience of working with synthetic cadavers and simulated medical emergencies, Stanbridge students are prepared for real life experiences."4

Ms. Renee Firby, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Jade Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy

“From the time that I started Stanbridge University until the time that I graduated, they were so helpful and so supportive, and so adamant about making sure that I got job placement that I actually got a job interview one week after I graduated.”

Shaniell Davis, Stanbridge University Graduate, OTA, 2013

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