Under the direction of an Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) assists in evaluating patients and in developing a plan of selected tasks to restore, in uence, or enhance performance of individuals whose abilities to cope with daily living tasks are impaired or threatened by developmental de cits, the aging process, physical injury or illness, learning disabilities, or psychological and social disabilities. Occupational Therapy Assistants are employed in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health care agencies, private practices, and other specialized health care settings.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a two-year course of full-time study.
The certifying agency is the National Board for Certi cation in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, the individual will be a Certi ed Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Conviction of a felony may a ect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certi cation examination or to attain state licensure. Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certi cation Examination. See program webpage for accreditation information.
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