Associate of Science (587.2)
This program prepares graduates to assist in providing occupational therapy services under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in a variety of healthcare and school facilities. A certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) is trained to assist in the prevention of further disability and the restoration of function in persons with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities. Through therapeutic activities, occupational therapy assists patients in becoming as independent as possible within their own environment.
Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Students must
also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology I or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The address is ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. 301.652.2682 www.acoteonline.org
Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). For more information see http://www.nbcot.org/
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 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.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
See Graduate Outcomes to review the CCAC Occupational Therapy Assistant results of the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination (https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx).
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Universal Precautions training and certification is provided.
See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.
Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71
Mathematics Elective (must be MAT-100 or higher)
2Fieldwork 2 should be completed within eighteen (18) months following completion of all academic course work.