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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Interested in a career helping someone overcome a disability or recover from an injury? If you said yes, the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is the way to start you on this path.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed Occupational Therapist in screening, assessing, planning and implementing treatment, and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services. Course work includes human growth and development, conditions that interfere with activities of daily living, theory, and process of Occupational Therapy, individual/group treatment activities, the therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments. Graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Selective Admission Process

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) .

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Blvd. Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Quick information

Application Period
February 10, 2021 – April 15, 2021
Information Sessions
Information sessions will be held via Blackboard Collaborate. Note: You do not need Blackboard Collaborate to participate in the information session. Please find instructions on how to access the information session below.

Wed Apr 8, 2020 10:30 – 11:30 am
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm

How to Access the Information Session:

  1. Access the Occupational Therapy Assistant Information Session using the links below.

  2. Sign in to the session with your first, middle, and last name plus your student ID (if you are a current student).
  3. This is how a student will receive points for attending the session. Note: We do not allow students to receive credit if they enter the live sessions after 15 minutes.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Information

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Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as new graduate test-takers in 2017-2019 was 50 out of 50, which is a pass rate of 100%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 53 graduates and a graduation rate of 90%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 20/16 80%
2018 19/19 100%
2019 20/18 90%
Total 59/53 90%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at the NBCOT website.

Certification and Licensure
Graduates of the OTA Program are required to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Upon successful completion of the NBCOT exam graduates must apply to the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy for authorization to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant within the state of North Carolina.

800 S. Frederick Ave. Suite 200
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-4150

NOTE: Graduates of the OTA program are required to apply for NBCOT certification. Candidates applying for the Certification Examination must notify the NBCOT’s Qualifications Review Committee (QRC) if they have ever been charged with or convicted of a felony. A felony conviction may prevent the candidate from taking the examination.

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