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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

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PLEASE NOTE:  The application periods for the class beginning Fall 2023 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   

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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