Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.S.)

This is a Limited Access program with the HESI-A2 required as part of the Application Process.

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.

This is a Limited Access program.

Degree: Associate in Science (A.S.)
Credit Hours: 74 Credits
Online Program : No
Program Code: 2355
Financial Aid Eligible : Yes

  (904) 646-2300


The PTA program at FSCJ meets all requirements for students to sit for the National Licensure Exam, accepted in all 50 states.

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.


The OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. To contact ACOTE (c/o AOTA), call (301) 652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.
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.

At its 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's next onsite evaluation will take place by 2027/28.

Student Success Rates

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from 2021-2023 was 42 with a three-year graduation rate of 61.60%.

Admission Year Graduation Year # of Admissions # of Graduates Graduation Rate
2020 2021 26 14 54.00%
2021 2022 20 14 70.00%
2022 2023 23 14 60.80%
3-year graduation rate. 61.60%

Program Notice

To learn more about tuition and fees click here.

Program Cost
In-State Tuition & Fees $7,900
Book Fees $1,000
Background and Drug Screen $   119
Physical Medical Requirements $   250
Immunizations $     35
Uniform Fees $   100
CPR $     55
NBCOT Exam $   515
License Application $   180
Online Proctoring Fees$   750
Approximate Total Program Cost $10,904


Transcripts must be received from both high school/GED and any postsecondary education. They must be official and sealed directly from the awarding institution. 

Transcripts may be delivered electronically by email or by mail to:
FSCJ Admissions Office
P.O. Box 40515
Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515


Prerequisite and General Education courses are offered in an online, on-campus and hybrid format. In the OTA program, there are two courses that are offered in a fully online format which include OTH 1001 and OTH 1704. All other courses within the OTA program are offered in an on-campus or hybrid format, but all have components that require the use of technology.

FSCJ uses the learning management system (LMS) Canvas for all courses and for submission of all coursework. Therefore, the following are minimum requirements:

Many textbooks within the program are offered in an e-book format or provide supplemental resources for students online. Online subscription-based resources are utilized to supplement textbooks.Faculty hold office hours on-campus and virtually to meet the varying needs of student schedules through the use of Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, or Canvas Conferences.

Technology competencies include, but are not limited to, word processing skills, completing internet searches, downloading and uploading files, presentation development and recording, navigation of the learning management system, file management skills, videoconferencing skills and the ability to scan coursework for upload into the learning management system.

Application Information

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks.