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 regain 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. Average starting salaries for OTAs in the United States are $38,430 (2004). According to the 2007 Rhodes State College Graduate Survey of OTA graduates (who returned the survey) had an average starting salary of $40,691.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupation Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220,
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220,
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, understand, and are able to meet the standards. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. A list and more detailed explanation is available on pages 48-49 of the College catalog.
- A composite ACT score of 21 or above with individual scores of 18 in English and social science and 20 in math and science or appropriate test scores/ developmental coursework. (See 1a under Acceptance into an Allied Health Major on page 47 of the college catalog).
- Must have basic computer skills prior to admission to the program. This can be satisfied through high school experiences, life experiences, or completion of CPT-104 or equivalent.
- A 2.5 grade point average in all previously completed college work based on a 4.0 scale.
Requirement 4 must be met by the time of enrollment in the first Occupational Therapy Assistant course.
- Twenty hours (20) of documented work/volunteer experience in an Occupational Therapy department/office.
Requirements 5, 6, and 7 must be met by the beginning of the second quarter of the program (prior to the beginning of supervised clinical practice.)
- Satisfactory physical examination results from a physician to include specified laboratory tests and immunizations. Validation of this requirement must be received by the OTA Chairperson.
- Current basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation qualifications from the American Heart Association (BLS, health Care Provider, CPR), American Red Cross (infant, child, and adult CPR; choking victim; AED), or American Safety & health Institute (Professional Level/AED). Must be maintained through graduation.
- Completion of criminal background check to meet the specifications of some clinical sites. It is each student’s individual responsibility to have this report available to the clinical site when requested.
Applicants who do not meet academic requirements may plan a program of study under the guidance of the Academic Advisor for Allied Health to prepare for possible admission to the program. Admission to this program is limited; therefore, it is advisable to submit application materials as soon as possible.
For More Information, Contact:
Chair, Occupation Therapy Assistant Program
Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium