Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate in Science

Curriculum Code: 775

Program Information
The 74-credit joint Associate of Science Degree Program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is offered in collaboration with Rutgers Partner Colleges or Institutions. 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 OTA program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 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 will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and eligible to apply for licensure in many states including New Jersey.

When You Graduate
When You Graduate The OTA program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Once accreditation of the OTA program has been obtained, OTA program 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). 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. Please Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Upon completion of this program, student should be able to:
Upon completion of this program, students should will be able to: •Practice in a safe, ethical, and collaborative manner under the supervision of an occupational therapist in accordance with the regulations of the healthcare, educational, or community setting. •Provide occupational therapy services to persons, groups, and populations from diverse experiences and cultures in health care, educational and community settings. •Contribute to the evaluation process of the person, group, or population, by gathering information, implementing assigned assessments, and reporting results to the OT and treatment team.


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Total Credits: (74)