Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Overview

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Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists providing treatment for people all ages who have had trauma or disease that inhibits their ability to function normally. Occupational Therapy helps them adapt and regain functional ability to perform daily tasks.

Occupational Therapy Assistant is one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. The US Department of Labor estimates that the demand for OTAs will increase 40% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The nationwide median pay is $52,300 per year. OTAs work in a variety of locations, primarily in outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, home health and nursing care facilities. For more information on OTA careers, visit A-B Tech's Career Coach.

Interested applicants need to be admitted to A-B Tech, attend student orientation, submit documentation and meet with an advisor in order to be considered for admittance into the OTA program. Applicants will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). For application information, visit Competitive and Limited Programs.

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College OTA program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation 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 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) www.nbcot.org.

After successful completion of the national certification 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.

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