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. ACOTE’s telephone number (c/o AOTA) is (301)652-AOTA and its web address is 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.  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.

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three-year period from 2014-2016 was 58, with an overall graduation rate of 82.9%.

Admission Year Graduation Year # of Admissions # of Graduates Graduation Rate
2012 2014 24 21 87.5%
2013 2015 22 17 77.3%
2014 2016 24 20 83.3%
Total 70 58 82.9%

Program Code: 2355

74 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
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Fall

Deadlines
May 15
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.

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(904) 646-2300

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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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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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