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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.


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Program Requirement Notes
Program Requirement Notes

Applicants must do the following:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Attend an in-person Occupational Therapy Assistant information session within one year of application. Visit the website at www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/allied/occupational-therapy-assistant.html.
  • Be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED.
  • Complete BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I- BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, ENG 111 College Composition I, HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology, and SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare with a 'C' or higher.
  • Qualify for MTH 154 or higher on the NOVA math placement test. This requirement must be met prior to applying to the OTA program.
  • Maintain a curricular GPA of 2.5 or higher at the last school or college attended (with a minimum of 13 credits).
  • Complete at least 16 hours of observation time with an occupational therapist (OTR) or a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Observation hours must be documented and signed by the OTR or COTA who is supervising the applying student on a form found on the website at www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/allied/occupational-therapy-assistant.html.
  • Complete a video statement for a video statement committee.
  • Assure that all previous transcripts are accounted for and are on file at NOVA prior to the program application deadline date. These transfer credits must be evaluated before any transfer credit is granted. Application acceptance dates will be posted on the website once established. Admission will be on a competitive placement basis of fully qualified candidates. Students will also receive special consideration if they have earned the Health Science Career Studies Certificate, if more than 25 hours of observation are accumulated, and/or if documented work experience as a rehabilitation technician or an OT aide is provided.
  • Students are notified in writing of acceptance into the program following the timely submission of a completed application. Once accepted, students must have current CPR certification; must complete a basic first aid course, a documented medical examination, criminal background check, and a 12-panel drug screen; and must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher to remain in good standing.

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 (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. 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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  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Northern Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
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

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
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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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Northern Virginia Community College
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Number of Transfer Students
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College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
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.
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.nvcc.edu/gaa/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Radford UniversityAAS in Occupational Therapy AssistantAssociateAssociate of Applied Science4-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy AssistantAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy AssistantAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist AssistantAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Physical Therapist AssistantAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist AssistAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegePhysical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
31-2021.00Physical Therapist AssistantsAssist 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
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
31-2011.00Occupational Therapy AssistantsAssist 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