Occupational Therapy Assistant

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


Median Hourly Earnings

Occupational Therapy Assistant
50 Annual Job Openings projected through 2025
All wage and employment data is specific to the regionSussex County, DE (10005)
Dorchester County, MD (24019)
Somerset County, MD (24039)
Wicomico County, MD (24045)
Worcester County, MD (24047)
Accomack County, VA (51001)
taken from EMSI June 2022. Your starting salary may vary.

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 health professions 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 last Friday in June. 

Prospective student meetings in Shockley Hall, Room 203:
Monday, October 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21 at 12:00 p.m.

*Meetings are planned face-to-face in Shockley Hall, Room 203, however, this may change to Zoom by department discretion.

Bring your questions! To reserve your seat - call the department at 410-572-8703 or email at cchilton@worwic.edu and indicate which meeting you would like to attend.

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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 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.

Degree Program

Contact Us Admissions 410-334-2895 admissions@worwic.edu
Dr. Dawnn Thomas Department Head 410-572-8768 dthomas@worwic.edu
Program Advisory Committee Occupational Therapy Assistant
Admission Packet Program Packet