Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients under the direction of occupational therapists. 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.
Graduates of this 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 and clinical experiences, students participate in laboratory practicums, group work and cultural experiences.
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. In order to be considered for admission in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the third Friday in June.
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 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, graduates become certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs). In addition, states require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction could 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; and
- enter the workforce as certified and licensed occupational therapy assistants.
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.
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) pass rates for Wor-Wic graduates are available on their website at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.
Other occupational therapy assistant program outcome data are provided on admission, graduation, certification and employment.