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

Academic Year Data

Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021 3-Year Total
Students Entering/Graduating 20/17 20/16 20/15 60/48
Graduation Rate 85% 80% 75% 80%
Certification Exam Test Takers 17 16 14 47
Test Takers who Passed 17 (100%) 16 (100%) 14 (100%) 47 (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

  • TEAS Testing Requirements for Health Sciences Applicants

    A TEAS Exam score is required to apply to the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiology, and Vocational Nursing.

    If you are not applying to one of the programs above, then you are not required to take the TEAS Exam at this time. Please refer to the Application Process page for your program to see all application requirements.

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  • The ACC Early Alert Referral System

    The ACC Early Alert Referral System (EARS) is a new resource hub for ACC students seeking assistance with Academics, Health Care, Child and Family Care, Mental Health, Transportation, Civil Rights, Food Assistance, and more. Click here to visit the website.

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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Applications

    To apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, please upload your supporting documents to CastleBranch using code UL73im. To learn more, visit the Application Process page.

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