The 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 www.acoteonline.org.
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 graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most 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. For more certification information, visit www.nbcot.org.
Applicants seeking NBCOT certification and state licensure are required to report a history of a felony or misdemeanor. NBCOT will review the information submitted by the applicant and will determine if the applicant is eligible to sit for the certification examination. A history of a felony or a misdemeanor may jeopardize the applicant’s eligibility for certification or licensure. If you have a criminal history, it is recommended that the applicant complete a characterization review PRIOR to beginning the OTA program. For all certification information, please go to www.nbcot.org and click on certification candidates.
Each state also has specific requirements for licensure. Contact the appropriate state board for more information at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website.