Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life. Sometimes physical, emotional or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult f for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as the would like. OTAs make it possible for people to regain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest.
The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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.
The admission process opens April 1st and applications are due August 1st to be considered for acceptance.
Donna Tunnell MS, OTR/L
Director of OTA program
Thomas Green, BS, COTA/L