Occupational therapists work with people who have disabilities, injuries, and illnesses to improve or recover their ability to perform everyday activities. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares you to perform occupational therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs various treatment procedures prescribed by the Registered Occupational Therapist to patients with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you also will work independently in programs to prevent disability and maintain health, such as Activity Director.
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. http://www.acoteonline.org/
TCC OTA outcomes can be verified at the provided active direct link to the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT): https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
New Class Annually
Our Occupational Therapy Assistant Program admits a new class of 20 students during the summer term each year. The courses are offered in the daytime only and will take a total of six semesters to complete. The program averaged a 92 percent graduation rate for the years 2012-2014.
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.