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.


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 ten 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 ten 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 Valerie Allison at valerie.allison@fscj.edu

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three-year period from 2015-17 was 77, with an overall graduation rate of 81.9%.

Admission Year

Graduation Year

# of Admissions

# of Graduates

Graduation Rate












2017 (May)




2015 2017 (Dec) 24 20 83.3%








Program Information

Limited access

Program Code:  2355

74 Credits

Start Term



May 15

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $7,342*
Financial aid is available, if qualified. 

Program Fact Sheet  

Academic Degree Plan  

Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Packet  

Contact Information

Phone: (904) 713-4545

*Tuition reflects Florida resident rates and are subject to change. Certain classes that require labs may have additional fees for lab supplies. Additional fees are published in the class schedule