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What is the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program like at CCRI?

Prerequisite courses for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program can be taken on any CCRI campus.  The OTA program courses are offered in an evening/weekend format on the Newport County Campus.  Fieldwork experiences are scheduled during the day and typically run from Monday – Friday.

The program integrates classroom preparation and clinical practice.  General education courses such as English Composition, Oral Communication, Anatomy, Physiology, Introduction to College Math, General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology enhance the Occupational Therapy Assistant program core courses.  Courses include laboratory sessions to learn and practice hands on skills required to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist or certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, students participate in fieldwork experiences in a variety of occupational therapy settings where skills learned in the classroom are practiced.

As you consider choosing a program to prepare you for a lifelong career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, consider how CCRI can provide you with a superior educational experience.

  • The CCRI Occupational Therapist Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
  • As a state school, CCRI provides you with an affordable, high quality education for under $13,000, thousands of dollars less than other private schools.
  • The CCRI Occupational Therapy Assistant program is proud of its 100% pass rate for first time testers on the NBCOT national examination since 2000.
  • The CCRI OTA faculty hold degrees in the field of Occupational Therapy as well as years of clinical practice in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, burns, trauma, psychiatry, developmental delays, early intervention, and work hardening.
  • OTA Program faculty are dedicated to student success, and committed to excellence in preparing students for careers as Occupational Therapist Assistants.
  • The CCRI OTA Program offers a well established and refined curriculum which facilitates the development of hands-on and clinical reasoning skills required for successful practice in a variety of Occupational Therapy settings.
  • CCRI provides a strong network of student support services such as supplemental classroom instruction and peer tutoring through the Student Success Center.
How can I prepare myself for the Occupational Therapist Assistant Program?

Interested students should enroll in a math and science curriculum, including math and biology.  Students should consider completing the online RHAB 1100: Foundational Kinesiology, and RHAB 1010: Medical Terminology courses at CCRI in preparation for success in the OTA curriculum.  High school students can take these online courses during their senior year. All students will need good reading and communication skills to prepare them to take English Composition I at the college level.

What is the process for application to the program?

All students wishing to apply to the OTA program must complete all prerequisite courses with a “C” or better except they must have a "B-" or better in BIOL 1010 Human Anatomy, OCTA 1000 Introduction to the Occupational Therapy Assistant, and RHAB 1010 Medical Terminology for Rehab Health Practitioners.   They also must have a GPA of at least 2.7.  Refer to the OTA Program Admission Guidelines document for further information.  Performance Based Applications are accepted in February following completion of the preadmission requirements.

If I apply, what are the chances of getting accepted?

Once the minimum requirements to apply are completed, applicants are rank ordered for acceptance through the performance based application process. 

Where can I get more information about the program?
  • CCRI Web Page: www.ccri.edu/rehabhealth/
  • Call Deborah Watson at the Newport campus (401) 851-1637 or email dwatson@ccri.edu
  • If more specific information is needed, contact Michael Nardone, Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at (401) 851-1667 or email mnardone1@ccri.edu 

Contact Information

Kimberly Crealey Rouillier
Department Chair,
Rehabilitative Health Department
krouillier@ccri.edu
Tel: 401-851-1672

Michael A. Nardone
Program Director,
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Mnardone1@ccri.edu 
Tel: 401-851-1667 

For more information about the program contact Deborah Watson:
dwatson@ccri.edu
401-851-1637

This page developed and maintained by Rehabilitative Health Programs. Send comments and suggestions to krouillier@ccri.edu.

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Last Updated: 8/15/16