Career Outlook

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 occupation–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.

The OTA curriculum provides students with classroom,laboratory and fieldwork experience so that they understand the responsibilites 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.

NBCOT Certification Results: For the three most recent calendar years (2011-2012,2012-2013,2013-2014), the performance of the graduates of the Occupational therapy assistant program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:
Total Number of Program Graduates 2011-2014...63 (2011-2012=20, 2012-2013=21, 2013-2014=22)
Graduation Rate/Attrition...(2011-2012=75%/5, 2012-2013=14%/3, 2013-2014=18%/4)
Percentage of New Graduates taking and passing the NBCOT Certification Exam...(2011=8/50%, 2012=24/83%, 2013=18/94%)

For Additional Information
American Occupational Therapy Association
ACOTE
New York State Occupational Therapy Association
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
 If you would like to know more, please contact the program coordinator, Professor Lisa Hubbs (631) 851-6335.