Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Quick Facts
Degree Level Associate of Science
Admission Deadline May 1
Program Start Fall Trimester
GPA Requirement

2014 Average Accepted: 3.54
Accepted GPA Range Fall 2014 3.18-4.00

Prerequisites None

Ask any Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) what they do all day and their answer will most likely boil down to the same thing: let their creative juices flow! OTAs work with individuals of all ages with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities to assist their patients to achieve maximum independence. For each patient, that solution may be a little different than the last patient they worked with exhibiting the same symptoms. Each situation is unique, just as each patient is unique, and learning to adapt therapy to individual needs is an art.

Choose Only the Best

If a career that's creative, adaptive, fun, and allows you to interact with patients of all types sounds like the right fit, consider our accredited AS Occupational Therapy Assistant program. You'll learn with faculty that have a wide range of experience in the field and care about each student individually as a child of God. In the clinical setting, our Academic Fieldwork Coordinator has worked hard to secure over 200 contracts with various schools and agencies around Central Florida to give our students a wide variety of options during their six clinical rotations.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Career Outlook

OTAs can go on to work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, private clinics, outpatient clinics, the military, and even in many non-traditional settings, such as Alzheimer's rehabilitation centers and pet therapy clinics. Many of our AS graduates go on to complete their Bachelor's degree and then pursue a Master's in Occupational Therapy. In fact, the newest graduate degree at ADU is a Master's in OT! Graduates of the OTA program right out of school can expect to earn $39,000-56,000 per year in the Central Florida area.

Program Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE, www.acoteonline.org) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of this 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. The State of Florida requires licensure to practice as an occupational therapy assistant.

NBCOT Information

Please follow this link for the NBCOT Test Score Pass Rates Report: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and various state licensing agencies require disclosure of all felony convictions. The results of this background check may impact eligibility for certification and licensure. Eligibility should be determined in advance of beginning an educational program. Felony convictions must be resolved by the NBCOT’s Qualifications Review Committee. Mental health intervention may also affect the individual’s ability to obtain state licensure.

Additional Resources

Want to know more about a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant? Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association's website at www.aota.org.

For accreditation information about Adventist University of Health Sciences' OTA program, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website at www.acoteonline.org.

To get started on your future career, apply now!

Updated: September 15, 2014 - 10:06am - by Webmaster