Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
OTAs go on to work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, private clinics, outpatient clinics, the military, and across many emerging practice settings, such as Alzheimer’s rehabilitation centers. Many of our AS graduates complete their bachelor’s degree and then pursue a master’s in Occupational Therapy. Graduates of the OTA program right out of school can expect to earn $39,000-56,000 per year in the Central Florida area.
The Occupational Therapy Department provides an environment where students can pursue expertise in occupational therapy while developing themselves spiritually, intellectually, and socially. We are committed to educating competent occupational therapy assistants with an understanding of Christian beliefs, values, principles, and the University’s mission of health care as ministry. It is our goal to incorporate excellence, spirituality, and stewardship into the curriculum.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE, www.acoteonline.org ) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301)652-AOTA. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. The State of Florida requires licensure to practice as an occupational therapy assistant. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination of attain state licensure.