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 five percent of all Green River OTA graduates passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) test in 2011. Current starting salaries usually range from $18 to $25 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 Thereapy 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.
Phone: (301) 652-2682
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 examamination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
For the three most recent calendar years (2010, 2011, 2012), 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||117||106||90%|
View pass rates for all OTA programs: NBCOT website.