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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistant helping a patient

Skills for living life.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at CCBC has existed since 1988 and is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Students enrolled in this program learn to assist in providing occupational therapy to patients with a variety of medical and psychosocial diagnoses.

Occupational therapy assistants provide treatment interventions to assist patients/clients to maximize skills in order to function as independently as possible when faced with physical and/or psychosocial challenges caused by injury, illness, disease, or developmental disability.

Graduates of this program can work in hospitals, health care centers, nursing facilities, school systems, inpatient/outpatient mental health programs and rehabilitation centers.

Program details

Application process


This 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, Maryland 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA.

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). CCBC Occupational Therapy Assistant program results from NBCOT can be found online at

This program has been granted re-accreditation through the year 2023/24.

Graduation information for OTA program
Graduation year Students entered Students graduated Graduation rate
2020 35 28** 80%
2021 37 30** 81%
2022 20 22** 110%
2023 31 30 97%
Total 123 110 89%

** Graduation impacted by COVID-19.

Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Antoinette Shaw

Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant