ACOTE Contact Information
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Telephone No. – (301) 652-6611
NBCOT Contact Information
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Telephone No. – (301) 990-7979
After successful completion of the NBCOT certification examination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and eligible for licensure. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Program results from the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online.
An Occupational Therapy Assistant works under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist to help individuals and groups with physical, psychiatric, and developmental conditions to participate in daily life to the greatest extent possible. Occupational Therapy Assistants contribute to assessment; choose and adapt tasks, activities, and therapeutic media to improve the functioning of their clients; instruct individuals and groups; and are an integral part of the health care team. Graduates of the program sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and are eligible for licensure in NYS.
Students interested in applying to LaGuardia Community College should contact the Admissions Office. New students selecting OTA as their major are considered to be in the pre-clinical phase.
Progression to the clinical phase of the program is competitive and is by acceptance into candidacy. Students must apply for candidacy and be accepted in order to enter the clinical phase.
Day and Evening Options
Students intending to pursue clinical courses as a Day student should apply for candidacy in the Fall I session preceding the Spring entry to the OTA Clinical Phase.
Students intending to pursue clinical courses as an Evening student should apply for candidacy in the Spring I session preceding the Fall entry to the OTA Clinical Phase.
The pre-clinical phase of the OTA program consists of all required general education and elective courses, including Key Courses. Pre-clinical students are considered candidates for the clinical phase.
Students must first complete, or be in the process of completing, the four key courses in the 12-week semester in which they are applying for candidacy.
Eligible students are then ranked according to a scoring system of grades in Key Courses.
For additional information, please review the OTA Admission Guide.
Candidacy and the Clinical Phase
If your candidacy is not successful, you may repeat the registration for OTA00- Intent to OTA only once.
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What makes this major unique?
Occupational therapy practitioners (OTR and OTA) work closely with the other Allied Health professionals in a variety of settings with persons of all ages across the healthcare continuum. Graduates of the OTA Program work with occupational therapists providing services to persons with needs caused by physical conditions and injuries, developmental delay, aging, mental health concerns, cognitive limitations, or other impairments.
The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform a particular movement of the human body. In other words, OT takes a holistic approach to make sure a client is adjusted and able to perform daily tasks, whereas PT seeks to effectively treat a specific biomechanical problem.
Occupational Therapy Practitioners work with individuals and groups across the lifespan in a variety of medical, educational, psychiatric, and community-based settings. Graduates must sit for and pass the NBCOT Examination in order to become licensed to practice. Temporary licensure is available for graduates for one year.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Select one course from the following:
Life and Physical Sciences: 4 credits
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 13 credits**
To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select the following:
*Key courses for candidacy
**Additional Common Core courses will be required when transferring to a CUNY College.
|Health Sciences: 2 Credits
|HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences
|SCN195 Community Health
|Occupational Therapy Assistant Core: 35 Credits
|SCO101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
|SCO110 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Occupational Therapy
|SCO114 Documentation in Occupational Therapy
|SCO175 Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy
|SCO200 Physical Aspects of Human Growth & Development
|SCO204 Occupational Therapy Process: Psychosocial Dysfunction and Geriatric Conditions
|SCO205 Occupational Therapy Process: Physical and Developmental Disabilities
|SCO214 Occupational Therapy Skills and Functional Activities I
|SCO215 Occupational Therapy Skills and Functional Activities II
|SCO230 Functional Pathology
|SCO284 Occupational Therapy Clerkship for Psychosocial Dysfunction and Geriatric Conditions
|SCO285 Occupational Therapy Clerkship for Physical and Developmental Disabilities
|SCO294 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork in Psychosocial Dysfunction and Geriatric Conditions
|SCO295 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork in Physical and Developmental Disabilities