90% NBCOT-COTA exam pass rate in 20181

Hands-on learning in eight world-class Therapy Skills Labs

Train with high-fidelity simulation manikins, and advanced hospital technology

Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program.


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The Anatomage Table is the world's first and only virtual dissection table for an in-depth look at human and animal anatomy. High resolution, 3D models and scans elevate your educational experience to the next level.

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Together, We Make a Difference: Award Winning Community Service

Stanbridge University has been named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the seventh consecutive year. The award is the highest federal affirmation a college or university can receive in recognition of its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

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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 90% NBCOT-COTA exam pass rate in 2018,1 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

Experience the next innovation in learning inside one of the largest virtual reality labs for medical training in the U.S. 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 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.

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.

Program Guidebook



The Occupational Therapy Assistant program’s full-time and part-time schedule is offered at the Orange County and Los Angeles campuses. The part-time schedules may not be available in some years at either campus.

Program Duration2

108 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 23 – 24 months for full time and 29 –30 months for part time, including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.)

Program Schedule3


Three to four days per week
Theory Classes 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Lab Classes 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Offsite Fieldwork
Monday - Friday
8 hour shifts, time dependent on clinical facility


Terms 1, 2, 3, 4 – on campus classes and skills lab
2 evenings per week
Classes 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Theory courses
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Terms 3, 4 – offsite level 1 fieldwork
Monday – Friday
1 week each, 8 hour shifts, time dependent on clinical facility
Terms 5 and 6 – on campus classes and offsite level 2 fieldwork
Monday – Friday
8 weeks each, 8 hour shifts, time dependent on clinical facility

Program Review Course

3 days per week
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

One or more courses in this program are delivered online. Please visit www.stanbridge.edu/admissions to take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

NBCOT-COTA Exam Prep and Retention Rates

NBCOT-COTA Exam Prep and Retention Rates

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession. The NBCOT-COTA examination serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing a certification process that reflects current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy. As one of the final milestones before becoming a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, the examination’s questions focus on your ability to make decisions in various patient care scenarios under critical conditions. The COTA exam requires that you understand the basic principles of occupational therapy, client-centered intervention plans, evidence-based practice interventions and overall professional standards.

With a 90% NBCOT-COTA exam pass rate in 20181, we’re committed to your preparation for certification. You’ll receive a cumulative review and exit exams followed by a comprehensive end-of-program review and NBCOT-COTA exam preparation. These services are provided at no additional charge to our students.


Annual Retention Rates - Orange County Campus Only

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 105/96 91%
2017 135/120 89%
2018 138/112 81%
Total 378/328 87%


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) through 2018/2019 in Orange County. The Stanbridge University - Los Angeles, Alhambra Branch Campus Occupational Therapy Assistant program is pending accreditation. AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.



Stanbridge University accepts applications for admission to our diploma and degree programs on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please visit the Stanbridge University Portal to access the application form. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.

  • Complete an online application form. Click here to start.
  • Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
  • Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
  • Take the Online Readiness Quiz. Click here to start.
  • Complete entrance questionnaire.
  • Attend an interview with a designated member of the OTA faculty.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
  • Complete enrollment paperwork.
  • Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive course books, uniforms and important information to help you begin your courses and manage your time at Stanbridge University.
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge University catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

“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

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"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

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“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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Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge University focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the university’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge University. Click here to visit the Stanbridge University Alumni Association.

Campus Locations

Located in the heart of Southern California.

Stanbridge University’s Irvine, CA campus is minutes away from Orange County’s cities including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange, Whittier, Tustin, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Buena Park, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, Stanton, Newport Beach, Westminster, La Mirada, La Habra, and more!

Stanbridge University’s Los Angeles Campus is located at the center of Los Angeles County neighboring the San Gabriel Valley, downtown Los Angeles and the cities of El Monte, Montecito Heights, Montebello, Glendale, Pasadena, Rosemead, Temple City, Monterey Park, Whittier, and West Covina.

Orange County Campus:

2041 Business Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92612

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Los Angeles County Campus:

2215 W Mission Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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