Occupational Therapy Assistant

Certified occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

$24.79

Median Hourly Earnings

Occupational Therapy Assistant
56 Annual Job Openings projected through 2021
All wage and employment data is specific to the region and
taken from EMSI October 2018. Your starting salary may vary.

Students enrolled in this associate degree program obtain clinical experience at a variety of local institutions, such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, day care centers, nursing facilities, mental health facilities, pediatric centers and school systems.

Graduates can also take the national occupational therapy assistant certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, graduates are certified as occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) and are eligible to apply for state licensure.  

Students interested in this program should be aware that being convicted of a felony could affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification exam or obtain state licensure.

Due to the limited number of spaces available in this program, selection is on a competitive basis. Interested individuals must follow the procedures in the occupational therapy assistant admission information packet. Admission occurs once per year for a cohort that begins in the fall. Prospective students must complete admission requirements by the third Friday in June.

Prospective OTA Student Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held in Shockley Hall, Room 203. Seating is limited so please contact Lori Hazel by phone at 410-572-8740 or by email at lhazel@worwic.edu to reserve your seat for a specific date.

March 20, Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon
April 17, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 1, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
May 29, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 7, Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 12, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant 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 is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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, 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 Exam or attain state licensure.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education.

The overall mission of the OTA program is to recruit, educate and graduate a diverse group of students who are prepared to:

  • pass the national certification exam for occupational therapy assistants
  • obtain state licensure as occupational therapy assistants
  • enter the workforce as certified and licensed occupational therapy assistants

Students enrolled in this program obtain didactic, observational and direct clinical experience at a variety of local institutions. These experiences could include acute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, day care centers, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric facilities, pediatric centers and school systems.

The occupational therapy assistant program is committed to being recognized as the comprehensive quality education resource of choice for residents on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland who wish to pursue a career in this field. The OTA program fills a need for highly-qualified certified and licensed occupational therapy assistant practitioners on the Lower Eastern Shore, the region and the state of Maryland.

Graduates of the OTA program have a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of how engagement and occupation, developmentally across the lifespan from birth to the end of life, can give meaning, fulfillment and quality to an individual’s life. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students experience laboratory practicums, group work, cultural experiences, interaction with practitioners and direct clinical fieldwork experiences.

Degree Program

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S. Builds on the skills and knowledge required for attainment of a certified occupational therapy assistant license, including clinical and service hours working directly with patients.

Contact Us Admissions 410-334-2895 admissions@worwic.edu
or
Ellen Siegmund Department Head 410-572-8768 esiegmund@worwic.edu
Program Advisory Committee Occupational Therapy Assistant
Admission Packet