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Occupational Therapy Assistants help people perform activities that are meaningful to their lives. They work with individuals facing problems resulting from developmental impairment, physical disabilities, psychological impairment and aging.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two year program that educates people for employment in the occupational therapy field of health care. An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR) as part of a health care team. The OTA works to restore and enhance the health of clients by facilitating the performance of purposeful activity in work, play and self-care.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant 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 website is www.acoteonline.org.

The OTA curriculum provides students with classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experience so that they understand the responsibilities of the profession and develop necessary skills to practice it. The OTA graduate can expect to find employment in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, home settings, rehabilitation centers, day and residential treatment centers, community-based mental health centers, assisted living centers and many others.

The total number of graduates from the Suffolk County Community College Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 68, with an overall graduation rate of 76%.

Graduation Year

Graduates

Graduation Rate

2013-2014

21

82%

2014-2015

29

85%

2015-2016

18

60%

Total

68

76%

Percentage of New Graduates taking and passing the NBCOT Certification Exam

2014

2015

2016

100%

100%

94%



If you would like to know more,
please contact the program coordinator, Professor Lisa Hubbs, (631) 851-6335.

For Additional Information

Accreditation

Outcomes

New York State Occupational Therapy Association

Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy