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Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Experience the thrill of changing lives from newborns to old age while working with professional occupational therapists
  • Deliver occupation-based intervention in diverse settings to assist others with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, traumatic injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, or mental health conditions
  • Utilize rigorous curriculum with relevant clinical instruction in a variety of settings

Career Focus:

Prepared for licensure, immediate employment and further education

College Credit

NBCOT Certification Results

For the three most recent calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013), the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy assistant program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:

  • Total number of new graduates attempting the NBCOT certification exam: 43
  • Total number of new graduates passing the NBCOT certification exam: 37
  • Average pass rate for attempting the NBCOT certification exam within 12 months of graduation from the OTA Program: 86%

Career Opportunities

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Bureau of Labor Statistics) the employment outlook for therapy assistants will continue to improve steadily for the foreseeable future.

Employment is expected to increase by 27% or more reflecting an above average demand.

The fastest growing segment of the population is the elderly who will need services. Additionally, premature infants, survivors of spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and severe orthopedic injuries will require extensive occupational therapy.

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Home Health
  • Schools
  • Nursing Homes
  • Retirement Centers
  • Mental Health Centers

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Application and Requirements

The application deadline is April 1. Interviews are in May and classes begin in August.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students.

All students accepted into the program will be required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state licensure. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy offers an “early determination” review to individuals with a felony background who are considering entering an educational program. For further information call 301-990-7979 or visit their website at

Background Check

All students accepted into the program will be required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

AOTA Accredited

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Phone: 301-652-2682
Fax: 301-652-7711

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