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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.

Update for Fall 2023

The CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. Starting for fall 2023, the TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7 only) will be used in place of the PSB and must be completed successfully before filing an Intent to Apply.

For more details, please visit the Health Science Enrollment Center , FAQ page , or CFCC Testing Services .

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

Minimum requirements are subject to change each year. Please review the program info packet and point count worksheet found in the important documents section of this page.


The 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 .

Quick information

Application Period
February 9, 2023 – May 11, 2023
Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held virtually.

Wed Jan. 11, 2023 1:00 p.m. Access the Info Session
Wed Feb. 8, 2023 1:00 p.m. Access the Info Session
Fri March 24, 2023 9:00 a.m. Access the Info Session
Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Information

Related Information

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes: The total number of graduates from the Cape Fear Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2020-2022 was 51, with an overall graduation rate of 85%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 20/17 85%
2021 20/18 90%
2022 20/16 80%
Total 60/51 85%

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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