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Occupational Therapy Assistant (B.S.)

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Occupational Therapy Observation Document

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork Resource Page

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Program Mission, Vision, and Philosophy

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During the COVID-19 emergency, we will not always be able to help you in-person, but we can still help you virtually!  Please use this contact list to stay in touch:

Mrs. Lisa Simmons, Program Director
SimmonsLi@Trinitydc.edu; 202-884-9687

Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
PalmerE@Trinitydc.edu; 202-884-9689

Dean
Dr. Mary Romanello
RomanelloM@Trinitydc.edu; 202-884-9677

Trinity is transitioning to a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree. This degree educates students to work under the supervision and in cooperation with an occupational therapist (OT) 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.

This major prepares you to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community-based programs, schools, nursing homes, private practice and other emerging practice areas.

Students may be admitted to Trinity to complete general education and OTA prerequisite courses.  Trinity may enroll students in the OTA program once the program receives Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

General Education and Prerequisite Requirements

Students complete general education and pre-requisite courses before applying to the OTA program. These can be taken at Trinity in either the College of Arts and Sciences, or credits can be transferred from another accredited institution. Students complete OTA-specific courses after formal acceptance into the OTA program.

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 107 College Composition
HPNU 120 Medical Terminology
MATH 108 Finite Mathematics
PSYC 101-Introductory Psychology
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology

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Accreditation

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has
been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of
the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web
address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site
evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will
be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to
practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note
that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain
state licensure.

The occupational therapy assistant program has been granted a status of Probationary Accreditation inactive by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational
Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.
ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. This
status indicates that the program is not currently enrolling new students and does not plan to enroll new students in the future. While the program is on Probationaary Accreditation-Inactive status, the 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 (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Trinity Occupational Therapy Assistant program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


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