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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy helps people live their life to the fullest.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) began more than 100 years ago and has continued to evolve into an evidence-based, client-centered therapy service. Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists to provide interventions for clients of all ages who have difficulty in daily occupations. OTAs also work with clients who are healthy with a focus on wellness, productive aging, and preventative issues.

OTAs are heroes to those they serve. They are advocates who educate and assist clients in identifying and working towards client-centered goals to maximize independence and quality of life throughout their lifespan. OTAs work in tandem with families, doctors, teachers, social workers, and other therapy practitioners in a variety of medical and community settings.

For more information about occupational therapy, please visit www.aota.org

At L&C, students are prepared to become OTAs through a combination of academic preparation and supervised fieldwork experiences. The program can be completed in two years and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  After completing the academic and fieldwork requirements, students will be eligible for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science Degree- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA).

OTA Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period (2017-2019) was 67, with an overall graduation rate of 82%.

Graduation YearStudents Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
201726/2388%
201828/2486%
201928/2071%
Total82/6782%

Graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the OTA administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  COTAs can then apply for licensure in the individual states where they intend to work as a COTA. All states require candidates to be licensed and have initial NBCOT certification in order to practice. All states, as well as NBCOT, may refuse certification/licensure to candidates who have a felony conviction.

Student Achievement Data

L&C Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Annual Pass Rates for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certified National Exam

20152016201720182019
100%93%87%81%90%

Access NBCOT examination comparison pass rates from schools across the country, including L&C OTA students.

Offerings

Occupational Therapy Assistant | AAS degree

Links & Resources

OTA Entrance Exam
Checklist for OTA Application
Application Packet
Estimated Cost of Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant


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Accreditation

Lewis and Clark Community College’s (L&C) OTA 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. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. The ACOTE website is www.acoteonline.org.

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant-Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum

Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant - General Studies

Curriculum
Pre-Occ Therapy Assist 2005 Catalog Electives
  • # GROUP.ID 1199; PRINT "Complete 27 credits of approved courses from the course" PRINT "options" Take 27 credits; From Levels 11 12;
    • Complete 27 credits of approved courses from the course options