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Accreditation

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, 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.

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2009–2011 was 80 out of 85, which is a pass rate of 94%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 92 graduates.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Certification

Graduates are 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 carry the title, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state credentials are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification Exam. 


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