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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Degree Associate of Applied Science
Degree Plan Degree Plan

Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.

Application deadline is March 1st of each year.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences.  The program includes two portions which include the general education core and the OTA core courses.  Students successfully completing the OTA program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Occupational Therapy Assistant.
The OTA program is limited to 15-18 students each year.    Applicants will be ranked according to required general education course GPA, pre-entrance exam scores, application narrative, and three (3) letters of recommendations.   UA Cossatot and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will not discriminate in the selection of students to the OTA program.  Students not accepted into the upcoming class are encouraged to re-apply prior to the application deadline.
Accreditation Status
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is fully accredited by the 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 can be reached by phone via AOTA at (301)652-AOTA. Upon completion of the OTA program, 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.
Due to the strenuous nature of the OTA program and practice-orientation, the College reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the OTA program. This determination is based on, but not limited to, the characteristics required of a clinical OTA. Eligibility determination is made by the faculty’s evaluation of a student’s ability to perform the clinical tasks necessary to complete the clinical and course objectives. These abilities are reevaluated after each course.
To meet the all requirements of ACOTE/AOTA, the OTA program will follow a special calendar, and class days will be different from those followed by students in other programs.  Regular class days will be 6 - 8 hours each; clinical days will be 8-12 hours each.


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