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Occupational Therapy Assistant (45500) CIP 51.0803

Last updated on March 22, 2023, 2:52 p.m.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.

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 of this 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 graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the 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. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, longterm/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs, and community programs.

Curriculum Offerings:

SHC - Semester Hour Credits

Additional Information:

1. The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 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. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is

2. Students must maintain a “B” (80%) final average for all OTA courses, and a “C” (70) for all non-OTA prefix courses in the program of study to remain in the OTA program.




For additional information regarding this program, contact the chair, Amy Mahle,

Faculty Mentors:

Amy Mahle Chair
Sherry Stancliff Faculty