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Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Compassionate Care: Occupational Therapy Assistant Overview at South University

ts to pursue entry-level careers* as a rehab professional. Those who work as an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) act as part of a patient’s recovery process, working with people of all ages who have physical, psychological, or developmental conditions to promote health, well-being, and their ability to participate in the important activities in their life. This includes taking care of themselves and their families, working, volunteering, and going to school, among many others. The 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.

It is up to each student to review the national and state licensure requirements for licensure, as well as the eligibility criteria to sit for licensure exams. South University cannot guarantee each graduate will pass the required licensure examinations. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University. Students must pass the required licensure to work in their respective field.

NBCOT Certification Exam Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available for public viewing by state and program level:

*South University does not promise or guarantee employment or salary amounts.


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Kimmy Watt Grad Alumni
Class of '09
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“I'm so thankful for what I gained through studying at South University in Savannah. I'm a much better communicator and administrator because of the program. My work at South gave me the gift of knowing how to manage people and projects much more effectively.”

Timothy A. Stroy, Sr. 2010
Timothy A. Stroy, Sr. Grad Alumni
Class of '10
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“I am so grateful to my mother, Lessie Stroy, and the faculty and staff of South University for their support and encouragement. They gave me the courage to step outside my comfort zone and into what was, for me, the unknown. That's where I found what I was really looking for.”

Julie Long 2012
Julie Long Grad Alumni
Class of '12
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“I develop business plans, new services and service lines to bring in new business for the hospital, so I work on proposals and projects all the time, which is just what we did in my healthcare finance class. I was also able to apply what I learned in my human resources class to the workplace and implement it immediately.”