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:

Contact & Location

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Degrees & Certificates


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). For more information about our accreditation, please visit: OTA Accreditation.

  • They are located at:
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
    (301) 652-AOTA (2682)

Application and Forms

2018 OTA Spring Hybrid Program is now accepting applications.

Application Due Date: March 9, 2018 to Assessment and Testing Center, SA 148

Information Sessions

Winter Quarter

  • January 17, 2018, 4 - 5 p.m., SA 149
  • February 15, 2018, 4 - 5 p.m., SA 149

OTA Application Workshop for Spring Hybrid Program

  • January 29, 5 - 7 p.m., SC 134
    This workshop is highly recommended for students planning to apply to the OTA Hybrid program starting Spring 2018.