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Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.S. (Cumberland)

Occupational Therapy

Assistant, AS


The 74-credit joint Associate of Science Degree Program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is offered in collaboration with Rutgers Partner Colleges or Institutions. Students complete at least 32 general education credits at a College Partner as pre-requisite to the 42 credits of professional coursework at Rutgers. Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Rutgers, is competitive; completion of the pre-professional curriculum at a Partner College does not guarantee admission. (NOTE: the Rutgers courses are offered at the Scotch Plains, NJ campus.)

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) 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.

Please visit the Rutgers OTA program website at asdota/, for additional information.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

·         Practice in a safe, ethical, and collaborative manner under the supervision of an occupational therapist in accordance with the regulations of the healthcare, educational, or community setting.

·         Provide occupational therapy services to persons, groups, and populations from diverse experiences and cultures in health care, educational and community settings.

·         Contribute to the evaluation process of the person, group, or population, by gathering information, implementing assigned assessments, and reporting results to the OT and treatment team.

Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.​

When you Graduate
Graduates of an ACOTE accredited OTA program are 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, including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Career Opportunities

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.​