Want to help people live happy and productive lives despite physical limitations? Trinity’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree educates students to work under the supervision and in collaboration with an occupational therapist (OT) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.

This major prepares students to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community-based programs, schools, nursing homes, private practice and other emerging practice areas.

General Education and Prerequisite Requirements

Students complete general education and pre-requisite courses before applying to the OTA program. These can be taken at Trinity in the College of Arts and Sciences or credits can be transferred from another accredited institution. Students complete OTA-specific courses after formal acceptance into the OTA-B program.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: O.T.A.-B.
School: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: No
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Want to help people live happy and productive lives despite physical limitations? Trinity’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree educates students to work under the supervision and in collaboration with an occupational therapist (OT) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.

This major prepares students to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community-based programs, schools, nursing homes, private practice and other emerging practice areas.

General Education and Prerequisite Requirements

Students complete general education and pre-requisite courses before applying to the OTA program. These can be taken at Trinity in the College of Arts and Sciences or credits can be transferred from another accredited institution. Students complete OTA-specific courses after formal acceptance into the OTA-B program.

Occupational therapy helps people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accreditation

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all 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.

Trinity Occupational Therapy Assistant program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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