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Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)

Overview

CAS in ClassOur occupational therapy assistant (O.T.A.) program leads to an associate of applied science degree. This degree prepares students to work under the supervision of and in cooperation with an occupational therapist (O.T.) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.

Our O.T.A. students are prepared to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community based programs, nursing homes, private practices and other emerging practice areas.

If you are a student in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) and you wish to complete a Bachelor’s degree in addition to the O.T.A. Associate’s degree, we offer dual degree pathways for O.T.A. students in psychology, human relations, and health science.

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Featured Courses

OTA 120 Movement in Everyday Activities OTA 124 Pathology for the OT Practitioner OTA 128 Rehabilitative/Universal/ Assistive Technologies OTA 130 Analysis of Occupations Across the Lifespan OTA 138 Intervention and Tools in Geriatrics OTA 234 Intervention and Tools in Adult Rehabilitation


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Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E.) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.), 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 www.acoteonline.org. 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 attain state licensure.


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