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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Jefferson College is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. It consists of 14-16 credit hours of prerequisite courses; 19 credit hours of general education courses and 49 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum.

The Jefferson 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 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 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). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

“Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

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OTA Program Outcomes


Year of Graduation

Number of OTA Program Graduates

Number of Test Takers

Number of Test Takers Who Passed Exam Within 12 Months of Graduation

Percentage of First-Time Test Takers Who Passed the Exam

2011 - 2012 2013 10 10 10 100%
2013 - 2014 2014        
2015 - 2016 2015        
  3-Year Total        










For the most up-to-date information on Jefferson College's OTA graduates' certification exam scores,

please access the direct link to the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


Academic Year Admitted Retention Attrition (Academic) Attrition Non-Academic Program Completion Percentage
2011 - 2012 12 10 1 1 10 83%
2013 - 1014            
2015 - 2016            







Academic Year Number of OTA Program Graduates Percent Employed at 6 Months Percent Employed at 6 Months *COTA Percent Employed at 12 Months *COTA
2011 - 2012 10 90% 80%  
2013 - 2014        
2015 - 2016        






*Graduates employed in their degree field -- Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant


If you have any questions, please call the Health Occupations Department at 636-481-3466.