Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Occupational Therapy is a health discipline that provides services to people whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury, illness, and developmental, psychosocial, or aging-related problems. Occupational therapy means therapy that enables a person to gain the functions necessary to perform day-to-day work, self-care, and leisure activities as related to one's roles. For example, a person with a disability may need to relearn how to dress themselves, how to safely take a bus, or how to prepare a basic meal.
Ninety-seven percent of all Green River OTA graduates passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) test on their first attempt in 2013. Current starting salaries usually range from $20 to $30 per hour. Many employers also offer excellent benefits.
Visit the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program site for detailed information on this exciting opportunity.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). They are located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
ACOTE's phone c/o AOTA: (301) 652-AOTA (2682)
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). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
National Certification Exam
Graduates will be eligible 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 examination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
For the three most recent calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013), the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy assistant program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:
|Year||Number of program graduates||Number of first-time test takers||Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam||Percentage of first time test takers who passed the exam|
|Total 3 Year||120||114||106||93%|
View pass rates for all OTA programs: NBCOT website.