Occupational Therapy Assistant


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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists, help patients of all ages with physical, emotional, social, and developmental disabilities engage in activities of daily living, educational, vocational, and leisure skills. Graduates are eligible to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public or private schools, mental health facilities, private practices, home health agencies, and nursing homes. Learn more by following the links below, or check out the Occupational Therapy Assistant FAQ.

Outcomes Overview

Calendar Year Data

2017 2018 2019 3-Year Total
Students Entering/Graduating 20/18 22/20 20/17 62/55
Graduation Rate 90% 90% 85% 88%
Certification Exam Test Takers 18 20 17 55
Test Takers who Passed 18 (100%) 20 (100%) 17 (100%) 55 (100%)

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The associate-degree-level 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Updates

  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Registration

    Due to COVID-19 and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 registration periods.

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  • The OTA Program Application Period for 2020 Is Now Closed

    The application period for Fall 2021 will begin in September 2020. Please check the Application Process page for updates that may affect your application.

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  • NEW Application Submission Process During Coronavirus Pandemic

    Due to public safety concerns, applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Effective immediately, applicants for all Health Sciences programs except Associate Degree Nursing, Mobility Nursing, RN-to-BSN, and Sonography should follow these instructions when submitting their application and supporting documents:

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