Associate in Occupational Therapy Assistant
What is occupational therapy?
The Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association defines occupational therapy as a "skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the 'skills for the job of living' necessary for independent and satisfying lives."
Do you enjoy caring for others?
Our Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree program will prepare you to care for clients who are limited by a physical illness or injury, an emotional disorder, a developmental disability, or the aging process. As an occupational therapy assistant, you will work under the supervision of an occupational therapist and will apply functional activities and therapeutic modalities as methods of treatment. Therapy focuses on assisting clients in restoring or maintaining independence in everyday life skills.
You will gain hands-on experience through: training in activities of daily living; fabrication of splints; adapting home, work, and school environments; vocational training; and therapeutic use of functional activities. As part of your clinical work, you will learn from experienced, practicing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants within a variety of healthcare and community settings.
For added flexibility, all Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are offered during the evening and on weekends as a cohort model. You can complete your degree in 16 months full-time.
Upon graduation, you will be qualified to sit for the national certification administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be a certified occupational therapy assistant. Connecticut requires a license in order to practice occupational therapy and the license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. In addition to Connecticut, other states including Massachusetts and Rhode Island also require state licensure in order to practice after completing a program at an occupational therapy assistant school.
- Student acceptance is based on the top 20 applicants who meet admission criteria (see the academic catalog for the OTA admission criteria point system).
- Academic coursework is primarily evening/weekend with clinical fieldwork during the day.
- Students will engage in the hybrid/online coursework on a limited basis.
- Students will complete coursework in the 15-week on-ground format with use of Canvas for course content and assignments to supplement in-class work.
Our OTA program prepares students to work in a variety of settings:
- Alternative communities
- Assisted living facility
- Nursing homes
- Rehabilitation centers
We’re ready when you are.
- Enrollment is hassle-free, and it’s easy to get started.
- Financial aid is available, and we’re still accepting applications.
- You will find comprehensive support services that will get you through college and into a great career.
- We are veteran-friendly, and we understand and respect the needs of veteran students.
- If you want to transfer in credits, we can typically review your transcripts of prior learning in less than one business day.
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Find more information in the academic catalog.
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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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. 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.
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Program results from the National Board for Certification (NBCOT) in Occupational Therapy can be found on their website.