Health Sciences - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS

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Photo of students doing a floor exerciseThe Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.  

Course work includes human growth and development, conditions which interfere with activities of daily living, theory and process of occupational therapy individual/group treatment activities, therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments.  

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant.  Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs and community programs.

Professional Licensure

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).  Most states require licensure to practice and students must apply for licensure following passage of the NBCOT certification examination.  Please note that a felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

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 Web address is www.acoteonline.org.​

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.  Please note data for Southwestern Community College will not be available until 2017.
Graduation Year Students Entering/Total Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 18/14 77%

Estimated Cost of Program.  All costs including, books, tuition, fees and supplies are subject to change.

Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS - Program of Study - Course Information & Admissions Criteria