Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

What you’ll do:
People with developmental, physical, emotional and cognitive impairments depend on the therapy services provided by the certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA), therapy that helps improve function in daily living skills and quality of life. At Parkland, you’ll gain laboratory and clinical experience in providing treatment to restore function; modify environments, tools and methods to access daily activities; provide prevention programs to reduce deterioration and/or re-injury, and conduct lifestyle redesign. Take advantage of our program faculty’s extensive teaching and clinical experience; the strong community partnerships that support service learning and fieldwork education; and state-of-the-art laboratory/clinical space at Parkland College on Mattis.

Where you’ll go:
Under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR), you will work with children and adults in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, adult day care centers, mental health centers, community-based programs and home health services. Additional experience and education may present you with opportunities to work as an assistive technology specialist, low vision specialist, driver rehabilitation specialist, or registered occupational therapist.

Licensure and Certification

Compare Parkland College OTA Graduates' performance on the NBCOT Certification Exam through this link to exam pass rates for all OTA programs.
Parkland College Three-year Pass Rates on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certification Examination for OT Assistants
Academic Year Program Graduates First-time test takers First-time test takers that passed exam Percentage of first-time test takers that passed exam
2011 13 13 10 77%
2012 17 17 17 100%
2013 19 19 19 100%
Total 3-year 49 49 46 92.3%
2011 Standard for an Accreditated Educational Program for Occupational Therapy Assistant, Standard A.4.2

Health career programs at Parkland College are selective. See if you are ready to apply by completing the Ready to Apply? checklist. For more information call 217/351-2468 or click to Get the Facts about the Selective Admissions process.

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