Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Profession

Occupational Therapy is a health profession focused on helping people of all ages develop, regain, or master everyday living skills for independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

The two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at JSCC combines academic and fieldwork training to prepare studentsfor a career in Occupational Therapy.

Program Outcomes: Completion and Certification

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Certification Exam

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).

State Licensure

Tennessee requires licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. All applicants for Tennessee licensure must pass the NBCOT certification examination, in addition to other requirements. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. If students have questions or concerns regarding criminal history and employment eligibility, please contact the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy at (615) 532-3202 or (800) 778-4123, or NBCOT at Phone: (301) 990-7979

For further questions or concerns regarding ACOTE, the following address is available:

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, STE 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 652-2682
Fax: (301) 652-7711
TDD: 800-377-8555
www.aota.org
www.acoteonline.org
Email: accred@aota.org

For further questions regarding NBCOT:
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Fax: (301) 869-8492
Email: info@nbcot.org
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Accreditation

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 c/o AOTA 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, all 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 examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org