Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree

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Help improve lives with a career as an occupational therapy assistant

  • Study close to home at our campus in Ramsey
  • OTA is one of the top 20 highest paid occupations for workers with an associate degree according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Graduates are able to sit for the national OTA certification exam administered by NBCOT, and upon successful completion become certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs)

 

Whether due to an injury, illness or disability, it can become difficult for someone to be independent in their occupation and day-to-day activities. This is where occupational therapy comes in. Occupational therapy assistants assist patients in overcoming these obstacles, helping them develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working so they can be successful and happy in their career and most important life aspirations.

Occupational therapy assistant is one of the fastest growing occupations, with employment of OTAs expected to increase 30 percent by 2026, more than four times the national average!

Our AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares students to enter the healthcare field in the capacity of a certified occupational therapist assistant (COTA). Graduates of the program go on to start rewarding careers in occupational therapist offices, nursing care facilities, hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, and home health care services.

Fieldwork experiences may take place during daytime hours on weekdays and weekends. Level II Fieldwork (OTA 211 and OTA 212) must be completed within the maximum timeline established for the program, as described under the Standards of Satisfactory Progress section of the Eastwick College catalog.

OTA Admission Requirements

OTA Student Handbook

OTA Fieldwork Educator Resources

 

Program Accreditation
Eastwick College’s AAS in 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, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301. 652.AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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.

Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Eastwick College’s AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 324, with an overall graduation rate of 76%.

Graduation Year Students Who Started the Program Students Who Graduated
within 150% of the
Program’s Published Length
Graduation Rate
2015 69 54 78%
2016 149 110 74%
2017 206 160 78%
Total 424 324 76%

 

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

 

 

Frequently asked questions about occupational therapy assistant

What is an occupational therapy assistant ?

Working under the guidance and supervision of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants help patients maintain their health and mobility by engaging in purposeful and meaningful activities. This generally includes providing rehabilitative services, community-based services, and educational instruction to individuals, groups and populations. Occupational therapy assistants help individuals with mental, physical, and social impairments, as well as those with emotional and developmental disabilities, to engage in therapeutic activities and learn to function at a higher level.

What do students learn as an occupational therapy assistant?

Students learn about treatment options for patients with mental disorders, physical ailments and chronic illnesses. Educational studies focus on general education and provide an introduction to the field. Students study anatomy, psychology, mathematics and medical terminology. Also incorporated are courses in occupational therapy fundamentals of kinesiology, medical conditions, assessment techniques and implementation of treatment plans. Coursework is supplemented with fieldwork requirements so that students gain experience in clinical settings.

What type of places or positions do occupational therapy assistant students work in after graduation?

Occupational therapy services are provided in schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, mental health centers and numerous other facilities look to meet the needs of their clients.

What certifications and affiliations are offered through the occupational therapy assistant program?

Eastwick College offers an AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant in order to prepare the student to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. 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. Eastwick College’s Career Development department provides a wide array of services—career counseling, resume review, and a professional development course; all geared towards ensuring that students achieve their career goals.

What kind of person would do well as a occupational therapy assistant?

If you are a compassionate, hard-working critical thinker and dedicated individual who seeks to find meaning and purpose in your life while contributing to the health and well-being of others, than you may be a good fit in the occupational therapy assistant profession.