Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Admissions Requirements

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Accreditation

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
(301) 652-AOTA
e-mail: accred@aoto.org
www.acoteonline.org.
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.

Technical Standards

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:

    Ann Best
    Chair, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
    Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium
    419-995-8080
    best.a@rhodesstate.edu

    Updated 12/13 Information subject to change without notice.