OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT
Occupational Therapy is a well-recognized health profession that assists people of all ages to gain the skills needed to complete meaningful daily activities known as occupations, such as eating, dressing, completing homecare, working, playing, and participating in school, leisure or social activities. When an individual’s life is disrupted because of a developmental or learning disability, a physical injury or illness, aging and/or social and psychological challenges, an occupational therapy professional may help by teaching new skills, adapting or resolving barriers to independent functioning.
An occupational therapy assistant works under the supervision of an occupational therapist to assist in the evaluation process and they may collaborate with the occupational therapist and other health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapy professionals and social workers to develop a treatment plan. The occupational therapy assistant then implements the treatment plan as outlined by the occupational therapist.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is part of the Health Science Division with limited yearly enrollment. Applications must be completed by January of each year for admission to the program for the following summer semester. You must contact the office of Health Science to schedule and attend an OTA program selection information session (OTAPSIS). Students may begin non-OTAP coursework at any time. A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL2751, BIOL2752, HLTH1150, PSYC1010, PSYC2010, PSYC2050, and all OTAP classes in order to meet graduation requirements.
The NCSC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited 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. Graduates of the program 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 Occupational Therapy Assistant program publishes a student handbook that outlines specific program policies that are not explained in the general catalog. The specific policies as described in the handbook take precedence over any general policy outlined in the college catalog. A copy of the handbook is available for review in the OTA program director’s office. An acceptable health physical and verification of immunization are required. Some fieldwork sites may require an acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report and drug screening.
The Associate of Applied Science is awarded upon completion of this program.