OTA Prerequisites & Essential Functions

Pre-requisites & Essential Functions

The OTA program has pre-requisites and co-requirements. All pre-requisites must be completed prior to admission to program. It is highly recommended that applicants complete most if not all co-requisites prior to starting program or majority of course.

Students must possess abilities to provide safe high quality care and treatment for their patients.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to be placed in fieldwork site which is required to complete the requirements of the degree and affect the 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). Access the following sites for additional information:

Degrees & Certificates


Contact & Location

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at:

Information Sessions

Sessions are held in Student Affairs (SA) 259

  • January 29, 2019
    5:30 p.m. - Application Workshop
  • January 30, 2019
    8 a.m.
  • April 23, 2019
    5:30 p.m.
  • May 1, 2019
    8 a.m.

Application and Forms

Applications for Spring 2019 entry Hybrid Program will be accepted December 14, 2018 - January 31, 2019.

Applications for Fall 2019 entry Traditional Program will be accepted April 13 - May 13, 2019.

Contact Health Occupations for more information:

Health Occupations Admissions
253-833-9111, ext. 2641

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)