Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.Associate of Applied Science
Northern Virginia Community College
The program is designed to provide students with the philosophical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge necessary to provide quality occupational therapy. This curriculum is designed to prepare students to assist and collaborate with occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. Students will participate in classroom and fieldwork experiences in this program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates must take and pass a national board exam and complete the licensing process in order to begin a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Graduates may, in accordance with state laws, assist in development of treatment plans; carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments.
Program Credit Requirements
If you wish to see how your credits may apply, you can:
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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Requirement Notes
Applicants must do the following:
Highly qualified students can apply during the next application period. In the meantime, students interested in the OTA program are encouraged to attend a face-to-face information session. Dates can be found at www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/allied/occupational-therapy-assistant.html. Follow the steps in preparation for competitive placement into the OTA program. Competitive eligibility for the OTA program does not guarantee admission.
Continuation Requirements: Students must comply with all continuation requirements for Allied Health and Occupational Therapy Assistant students.
Transfer Placement: OTA credits earned at other institutions will be reviewed by the program director of the OTA program to determine if any course substitutions may be warranted within the curriculum. Students wishing to transfer into the NOVA OTA program will be required to satisfactorily complete a skill competency assessment before being accepted into the OTA program. Transfer students must additionally be in good academic standing and must provide a written reference from the program director of the previous institution as well as from a clinical educator as applicable. All transfer students must meet all of the OTA program application and admission requirements before being considered in the competitive admissions process.
Special Accreditation Status: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTEÂ®) 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. ACOTE can be found online at www.acoteonline.org. Upon graduation, students 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, most 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 could affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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|Associate Transfer Degree Completion||Students who have graduated with at least an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA's SDV requirement. Any other course transfers are evaluated based on the student's transcript, https://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit/index.html
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|Credit for Prior Learning||NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional. ways; https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/|
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College Level Information
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|Is This College Right For Me?||Our classes feature up-to-date technology and course content to prepare you for a competitive job market; We also offer courses that will transfer to colleges all over Virginia and the nation. In fact, NOVA has guaranteed admission agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities for students who meet specific requirements.|
|Transfer Student Catalog Year||Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.|
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level|
|Radford University||AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||4-Year|
|Southwest Virginia Community College||Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Tidewater Community College||Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Virginia Western Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Tidewater Community College||Associate of Applied Science - Physical Therapist Assistant||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Wytheville Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assist||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Germanna Community College||Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|31-2021.00||Physical Therapist Assistants||Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.||Healthcare Support Occupations|
|25-1071.00||Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|
|31-2011.00||Occupational Therapy Assistants||Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.||Healthcare Support Occupations|