Occupational Therapy Assistant
An occupational therapy assistant treats patients
using purposeful and meaningful activities. The
treatment is holistic including focus on the patients’
physical, cognitive and psychological abilities.
Occupational therapists (OT) and occupational
therapy assistants (OTA) aid individuals of any age
to gain skills needed to participate in productive,
satisfactory and meaningful living. Under the
supervision of an occupational therapist, an assistant
can treat clients with cognitive, physical, emotional
and/or developmental disabilities in a variety of
healthcare and other settings.
After successfully completing an accredited
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, the
graduate is eligible to take 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
COTA. In addition, most states including Ohio require
licensure to practice; however, Ohio and most other
state licenses are based on passing of the NBCOT
exam. After achieving licensure, the individual will be a COTA/L.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow due to the increased demand for rehabilitation and long-term care services.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupation Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
This program has been accredited since its inception in 1997.
NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE OR CURRENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STUDENTS
You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites; therefore preventing you from completing the program. A felony conviction may affect your ability to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (NBCOT exam) or attain state licensure.
All applicants accepted to Rhodes State College must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understood, and are able to meet the standards. Students are provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. A more detailed explanation is available in the General Prep Manual.
For More Information, Contact:
Chair, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium