Occupational Therapy Assistant

About our program

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.

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, 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 licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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).

GRC Pass/Fail Rate

For the three most recent calendar years (2013, 2014, 2015), the performance of GRC graduates of the occupational therapy assistant program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:


 Graduation YearStudents entering/graduatesGraduation RateNBCOT Exam Pass Rate
2014  46/32 80% 96%
2015 45/37 82% 94%
2016 18/9 50% 100%

View pass rates for all OTA programs at NBCOT.

 

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Accreditation Information

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. 
    (301) 652-AOTA (2682)
    acoteonline.org

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Occupations: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Earnings: Range from $26.13 to $29.36 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Data source: CareerOneStop.org

 

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