Occupational Therapy Assistant

What is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Occupational therapy assistants help individuals of all ages with rehabilitative activities and exercises outlined in a treatment plan developed in collaboration with an occupational therapist.  Occupational therapy assistants, through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations), help people affected by disease, illness, injury, or condition, to participate in the things they want and need to do. Occupational therapy has a holistic perspective, focusing on finding a fit between the person, his environment, and his chosen life activities/occupations.

Accreditation Information

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 number c/o AOTA 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 (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

In addition, most 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.

Quality training

Students will spend more than 600 hours of supervised clinical training in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric clinics, and other settings to gain invaluable hands-on experience that supplements and complements traditional classroom learning.

Become a licensed professional

After successful completion of the national certification exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. Licensure generally requires initial certification by the NBCOT. The job outlook for occupational therapy assistants is excellent. This occupation is projected to grow faster, through 2018, than other occupations requiring post-secondary training or an associate degree, or on-the-job training (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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For more information about the application process, please contact the OTA Admissions Specialist at healthsciences@cpcc.edu.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Exam or attain state licensure. Contact the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy (NCBOT) at 919- 932-1380 or www.ncbot.org and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT at 301- 990-7979 or www.nbcot.org for further information.