The Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) prepares graduates to work with and help people of all ages who are challenged by disability, trauma, and/or the aging process to participate in occupations that are necessary and meaningful for them. This 75-credit joint Associate of Science Degree Program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a joint program with Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. Students complete 33 credits of general education and required science courses at HCCC as pre-requisite to the 42 credits of professional coursework at Rutgers. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org Graduates of OTA program are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The graduate can obtain licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New Jersey and many other states.
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