Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Science

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Helping people live independent lives

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program prepares students to function as an entry-level certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Occupational therapy assistants provide support for occupational therapists and help patients learn to live to their fullest potential. The occupational therapy assistant degree (OT degree) combines general education and professional occupational therapist assistant (OTA) concentration courses through lecture, laboratory and clinical education experiences.

Accreditation

The OTA 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. To contact ACOTE (c/o AOTA), call (301) 652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.

On December 3, 2010, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted accreditation status to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Florida State College at Jacksonville effective for seven years.  In April 2018, ACOTE granted the program a Status of Accreditation for an additional seven years. 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).

For official program pass rates on the certification exam please visit NBCOT.  Upon 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.   A Felony Conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

FSCJ’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Granted Status of Accreditation by ACOTE

At it’s April 2018 meeting, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted the FSCJ Occupational Therapy Assistant Program a Status of Accreditation for a period of  seven years.  (ACOTE) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ACOTE currently accredits over 407 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.

The program is scheduled to complete an Interim Report in 2021 and the next on-site evaluation will take place by 2025.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kimberly Fahlgren at kfahlgre@fscj.edu

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three-year period from 2015-17 was 57, with an overall graduation rate of 81.4%.

Admission Year

Graduation Year

# of Admissions

# of Graduates

Graduation Rate

2013

2015

22

17

77.3%

2014

2016

24

20

83.3%

2015

2017 (May)

24

20

83.3%

Total

70

57

81.4%

 

 

Program Code: 2355

74 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
Start Term

Fall

Deadlines
May 15
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.

Email

hcic@fscj.edu

Phone
(904) 646-2300
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Occup Ther Asst Application Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Graduates of occupational therapy assistant schools 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) and can apply for occupational therapy assistant jobs.

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.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapist assistants under the direction of occupational therapists help people of all ages regain, develop or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. Working in collaboration with occupational therapists and other health care professionals, occupational therapy assistants are employed in a variety of traditional and emerging practice settings including hospitals, community settings, mental health settings, public schools, rehabilitation settings, home health agencies and nursing homes. Occupational therapy assistants provide occupation-based treatment interventions to improve the quality of life of clients within the community.

For information on the activities of our professional organization and the role of the occupational therapy assistant, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Organization (AOTA) website.

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