Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate in Science

The 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. 

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Goodwin College was issued the accreditation status of Probationary Accreditation effective April 9, 2016 for failure to comply with 2011 OTA Standards A.5.6 (certification exam pass rates) and C.1.7 (fieldwork focus on psychological and social factors).  A Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance of the Standards within the mandated period was submitted and accepted.  A Progress Report will be submitted for the June and October 2016 and April 2017 meetings.  Full details of the program’s accredited status are available on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website.

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. When you apply to sit for the certification exam, you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felony convictions. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure. Connecticut requires a license in order to practice occupational therapy and the license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

The total number of graduates from Goodwin College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three year period 2013-2015 was 118, with an overall graduation rate of 81%.

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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found here.