Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program exists to provide excellent and innovative classroom and fieldwork education to members of our community who pursue the career of an occupational therapy assistant. We will equip these individuals with the tools necessary to practice passionately and successfully. In turn, we will provide the community with superior and compassionate members of their health care teams who can drastically improve the quality of life for the recipients of this care. Ultimately, our graduates will be fulfilled as they touch the lives of people with physical, emotional and/or mental needs in helping them toward independent and productive living.

The OTA program is a limited enrollment program. The program admits one cohort of students each year with a summer semester start date and requires a separate application process. Please see the requirements tab for admission information and the application packet or contact the Advising Office (419) 995-8400.


After graduation you must become certified and licensed:

Certification

After successfully completing this accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, graduates are eligible to take 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 COTA.

NBCOT
One Bank Street
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Email: info@nbcot.org
Website: www.nbcot.org 

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for this exam and attain state licensure.

Licensing

Most states including Ohio require licensure to practice; however, Ohio and most other state licenses are based on passing of the NBCOT exam. It is the assistant’s responsibility to obtain and maintain all appropriate licenses in order to actively practice occupational therapy. The State of Ohio does require applicants to pass a written exam upon initial licensure. After achieving licensure, the individual will be a COTA/L. In the State of Ohio, the credential agency’s address is as follows:

OHIO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, & ATHLETIC TRAINERS BOARD
Occupational Therapy Section
77 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Phone: (614) 466-3774
Email: board@otptat.ohio.gov
Website: www.otptat.ohio.gov


Additional Resources


Register for a Health Sciences Information Session

Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium