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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Trinity is the only university in the District of Columbia that offers a two-year Associates of Applied Science degree program to become an occupational therapy assistant (OTA).

The OTA program at Trinity prepares the student to be an occupational therapy practitioner who works under the supervision and in cooperation with an occupational therapist (OT) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they need and want to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called OCCUPATIONS (AOTA, 2012).

Occupational Therapy is an exciting and dynamic health profession which affords the student many opportunities to work in hospitals, rehabiltitation, skilled nursing, community programs, schools, private practice, and mental health settings; work with individuals, organizations and populations.

“Living Life to Its Fullest” is the goal of occupational therapy.

Learn more about Trinity’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.


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Lisa Pasteur Simmons,MS, OTR/L Interim Director

The occupational therapy assistant program at Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective April 1, 2017, for failure to comply with 2011 OTA Standard A.5.6 (certification exam pass rate). The program has been requested to submit a Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with the Standard within the mandated time period for correction. Trinity Washington University reviewed the above statement and had the opportunity to add comment prior to public posting.  The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E.) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.), is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. A.C.O.T.E.’s telephone number, c/o A.O.T.A., is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (N.B.C.O.T.). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (C.O.T.A.). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the N.B.C.O.T. Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the N.B.C.O.T. certification examination or to attain state licensure.

Trinity Occupational Therapy Assistant program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

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