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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

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Application Period
February 10, 2022 – May 19, 2022
PSB Results are due by May 26, 2022
Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held virtually.

Wed Jan. 12, 2022 1:00–2:00 p.m. Access the Info Session
Wed Feb. 16, 2022 1:00-2:00 p.m. Access the Info Session
Fri March 25, 2022 9:00-10:00 a.m. Access the Info Session
Wed April 20, 2022 1:00-2:00 p.m. Access the info session
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 2018-2020 was 51 out of 51, which is a pass rate of 100%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 54 graduates and a graduation rate of 92%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 19/19 100%
2019 20/18 90%
2020 20/17 85%
Total 59/54 92%

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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