Occupational Therapy Assistant



The program prepares the student to enter the workforce as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant working under the supervision of an occupational therapist. This 12-month program, inclusive of Level II Fieldwork, begins after the student has satisfied the program’s general education requirements. The curriculum is occupation and evidenced-based to ensure the student has the knowledge and skills to meet the occupational needs of individuals, groups and organizations, as well as contribute to the OT process and emerge as a life-long learner.

Required General Education courses include: College English, Anatomy and Physiology, Humanities, Behavioral Science, and College Mathematics.

Click here for a listing of General Education Courses.

See Occupational Therapy Assistant program listing from the EVCC Student Catalog.

See Occupational Therapy Assistant course descriptions from the EVCC Student Catalog.

See Occupational Therapy Assistant program ACOTE accreditation statement from the EVCC Student Catalog.

See Occupational Therapy Assistant gainful employment statistics.


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Accreditation Status: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Eastern Virginia Career College 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 of AOTA is 301-652-6611. ACOTE can be found online at www.acoteonline.org. Upon graduation, students 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 could affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The program is accredited until 2021/2022.

Month/Year Entered Students Admitted Students Graduated Graduation Rate
August 2015 14 13  93%
May 2016 7  6  86%
September 2016 15  12  80%
March 2017 6  –  —
September 2017 13  –  —
Total 55 31  86%

Information regarding the EVCC OTA program graduation pass rates on the national certification examination can be found on the following website: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.