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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program


The application requirements, course sequence and program length has been modified.  This change will apply to the 2024 incoming students.  Please note that the courses or credits required to complete the program have not changed.  Please see the new curriculum outline here.

PLEASE NOTE:  The application periods for the class beginning Fall 2024 are the months of February, May, July and August.   Click here to view the admission guidelines for the program.

The OTA Profession

Occupational therapy uses everyday activities as the means to help people achieve independence. Under the supervision of registered occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants (OTA) help people of all ages to lead productive satisfying lives by providing client-centered therapy in a variety of settings. The OTA is instrumental in helping clients become more independent in self care, functional mobility, home management, participation in play/leisure/work activities, success with social participation, environmental modification, adaptive equipment design, splint fabrication and client/caregiver education.

The CCRI associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at: 

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 
(301) 652-AOTA   

Program Mission 

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at the Community College of Rhode Island is to prepare students for successful completion of the NBCOT certification examination, to obtain state licensure, and for gainful employment as Occupational Therapist Assistants, in various health care settings, working with diverse patient populations.

Commitment to excellence in student preparation yields graduates who possess ethical practice standards, demonstrate outstanding clinical competence, and incorporate clinical reasoning and critical thinking into all aspects of patient care.

The OTA Program promotes a commitment to the profession of Occupational Therapy, the importance of life-long learning, and the value of community service.

For additional information about NBCOT certification, please go to:
For additional information about RI state licensure, please go to:    

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of values, attitudes and behaviors congruent with the profession's standards and ethics; interdisciplinary and supervisory relationships; participation in professional associations and the responsibilities of Occupational Therapy Assistants in documentation of services
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of management of occupational therapy services including departmental operations; supervisory requirements; data collection for quality assurance; compliance with regulations and reimbursement policies and national and state credentialing requirements
  3. Demonstrate ability in effective oral and written communication as well as body language with patients, families, other health care professionals and the public; to utilize these skills in professional communications with patients, families/caregivers, colleagues and other professionals
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of multicultural and sociocultural factors and how they affect occupational therapy services and apply these factors to delivery of occupational therapy services
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the normal human body, the sensorimotor, psychological and cognitive components and their development throughout the lifespan
  6. Demonstrate ability to analyze activities of daily living, work, play/leisure; how to perform and teach selected tasks: ability to grade and adapt activities for effective occupational therapeutic intervention
  7. Demonstrate ability in therapeutic interventions of environmental adaptations; basic orthotics, prosthetics and technologies and to assess their effectiveness
  8. Demonstrate ability to provide occupational therapy intervention in activities of daily living, work activities and play/leisure skills with individuals and groups
  9. Demonstrate ability to administer standardized and non-standardized tests appropriate to the role of a certified occupational therapy assistant under the supervision of a licensed/certified occupational therapist

OTA Program Statement of Philosophy

OTA Program Graduation Rate
Year Student beginning program/graduates Graduation Rate
2021 17/14 82%
2022 18/9 50%
2023 9/4 44%
Total 44/27 61%
Graduates of the program 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). Information about the CCRI OTA Program NBCOT pass rate may be obtained at: 
In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  
NOTE: A felony conviction may impact the availability of Level I and Level II fieldwork placements for the student. A felony conviction may also affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.  

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