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Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). The South Way.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession that promotes the health and well-being of people across their lifespan. Occupational therapy assistants work with people who have physical, psychological, or developmental conditions to help them gain or regain skills lost due to injury or illness. Occupational therapy practitioners work with people of all ages to regain or accommodate the loss of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, perception, cognition, or balance. Occupational therapy practitioners ‘treat the whole person’ to help individuals perform meaningful and purposeful daily activities (occupations) that promote independence during leisure or at home, school, or work. Occupational therapy practitioners work closely with each individual to identify what is most important to him or her and enhance quality of life.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University prepares qualified students to become occupational therapy practitioners. The program prepares students with knowledge and skills for competent entry-level practice in a variety of contexts for an ever-changing world. The South University, Columbia Occupational Therapy Assistant program further seeks to lead the profession and community through its contributions in educational leadership, community and professional service, learning, and scholarship. End your search for an occupational therapy assistant program in the Columbia area at South University.

Occupational Therapy Assistant South University, Columbia Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Columbia 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.

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.

OTA Program, Columbia performance data on the NBCOT certification examination

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