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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
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

Quick information

Application Period
February 10 – May 6, 2020
Information Sessions
Information sessions are held in room L-322. No appointment is needed.

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 am
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 first-time new graduate test-takers in 2016-2018 was 48 out of 48, which is a pass rate of 100%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 52 graduates and a graduation rate of 90%. Information for the class of 2019 will be updated in May 2020.

Year # of Students Accepted to Program Number of Program Graduates Program Graduation Rates # of First-Time Test Takers # of First-Time Test Takers Who Passed Percentage of 1st Time Test Takers Who Passed
2016 20 17 85% 17 17 100%
2017 20 16 80% 14 14 100%
2018 19 19 100% 17 17 100%
3 Year Total 59 52 88% 48 48 100%

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides outcome data for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs throughout the nation. For more information, visit 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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