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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, West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach area at South University.

Occupational Therapy Assistant South University, West Palm Beach Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, West Palm Beach 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.

Effective April 1, 2017, ACOTE changed the accreditation status of the Associate of Science degree offered by the OTA Program on the South University-West Palm Beach campus to Probationary Accreditation for noncompliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 (certification exam pass rate). The program remains accredited; ACOTE has requested that the OTA Program submit a Progress Report based on the Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 within the mandated time period for correction, by April 2018.

OTA Program, West Palm Beach performance data on the NBCOT certification examination

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