Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) are skilled health care workers who provide direct patient care under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT). As an OTA, you will provide rehabilitative services to people with physical, psycho-social and developmental impairments as well as help people of all ages regain independence and participate in daily activities. OTAs blend science, creativity, and compassion to help their clients develop skills and strategies to participate fully in meaningful life activities.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, you are then certified as occupational therapy assistants and are eligible to apply for state licensure.
Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Learn more about pre-requisites and the OTA100 class that is required prior to being accepted into the program. The next start is in August 2020.
Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant: $10,527 - $12,920*
*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2018-2019 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.
Degrees & Certificates
Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.
GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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 graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (cota). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all 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.
NOTE: In addition to the above statements, the program must have a documented and published policy to ensure that students complete all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner. This must include a statement that all Level II fieldwork be completed within a time frame established by the program. Sample wording: “Students must complete Level II fieldwork within
Program Accrediting Body Contact Information
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-6611 Ext. 2042