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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

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:

Year # of New Graduates
# of New Graduate First-Time Test Takers
# of New Graduates Passing First Attempt
% of First-Time Test Takers Passing (including former graduates)


13 12 10 83%
2012 14 12 7 58%
2013 14 18 15 83%
 3-Year Total
41 42 32 75%
  •  The OTA Program averaged a 98% graduation Rate; this represents a 2% attrition rate for the years 2011-2013

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

Contact Us




Email Us


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD  20877
Phone: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492


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

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.

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