Occupational Therapy Assistant
Do you enjoy helping people? Would you like to work in healthcare? This degree will prepare you for a career helping individuals become as independent as possible by developing their skills for the job of living; from work to play to self-care. Students will learn how to help people perform daily living skills using activities, adaptive equipment, therapeutic crafts, and group dynamics.
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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone phone number C/O AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and it's web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be able 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.