Occupational Therapy Assistant
Course work includes human growth and development, conditions which interfere with activities of daily living, theory and process of occupational therapy, individual/group treatment activities, therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments.
Graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs, and community programs.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program 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 www.acoteonline.org.
The national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states, including North Carolina, require licensure to practice as a COTA; licensure in North Carolina is based on results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. These processes are separate from the college’s program and graduation requirements. Students are encouraged to contact NBCOT for additional information.
Students may become members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).
Students are required to attend an information session prior to applying to the program. View upcoming information sessions listed further down this page.
How to Apply: View the Admissions Checklist. Use the button below to apply to Durham Tech following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. You may apply to the College at any time. Once prerequisites are completed, apply to the OTA program. Program applications will be accepted starting August 15 and the application deadline is October 15. The Essential Skills Required and Technology Proficiency forms must also be completed for admission into the program.
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|Course Number||Title||Credit Hours|
|ACA-122||College Transfer Success||1|
|BIO-168||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO-169||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|ENG-111||Writing and Inquiry||3|
|ENG-112||Writing and Research in the Disciplines||3|
|OTA-110||Fundamentals of OT||3|
|OTA-161||Fieldwork I-Placement 1||1|
|OTA-164||Fieldwork I-Placement 4||1|
|OTA-240||Professional Skills II||1|
|OTA-250||Adult Concepts and Interventions||3|
|OTA-261||Level II Fieldwork Placement 2||6|