Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Science

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Professional Program is offered within the School of Health Professions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in collaboration with Cumberland Community College. Students complete at least 32 general education credits at a College Partner as pre-requisite to the 42 credits of professional coursework at Rutgers. (NOTE: Rutgers courses are offered at the Scotch Plains, NJ campus.) The 32 general education credits that students complete at Cumberland County College are:

Fall Semester
BI 106 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
EN 101 English Composition I (3 cr)
PY 101 General Psychology (3 cr)
PH 102 Introduction to Ethics
General Education Diversity Elective (3 cr)

Spring Semester
BI 107 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
EN 102 English Composition II (3 cr)
MA 205 Statistics (3 cr)
PY 207 Human Growth & Development (3 cr)
SO 201 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)

Cumberland County College will accept a maximum of 16 credits in transfer from another college toward the above 32 general education credits.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) help people of all ages who are challenged by disability, trauma, and/or the aging process to participate in occupations that are necessary and meaningful for them. Occupational Therapy Assistants work in healthcare, educational and other community settings in collaboration with a team and under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Graduates of an ACOTE accredited OTA program are eligible to sit for 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). In addition, most states including New Jersey require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Student who enroll in this program at Cumberland County College should meet with Veronica Chainey, CCC's OTA program advisor, at their earliest opportunity to ensure that they are on track for completing the requirements and applying to Rutgers on time. Ms. Chainey can be reached at 856-200-4533 or [email protected].

Please visit the Rutgers OTA program website at, for additional information.

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (professional program) is competitive; completion of the pre-professional curriculum at a Partner College does not guarantee admission.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program  at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 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 Web address is