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Occupational Therapy


STEM & Health Professions


Department Chair:

Donna C. Knoebel, MS, OTR/L

Office Location:

Technology Center, 8323

Phone Number:


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Fieldwork Coordinator:

Kathy Babcock, BS, COTA/L

Administrative Assistant:

Rochelle Mezoff, BA

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 4:00

Friday 8:00 – 12:00


The following degree is offered by this program:

            A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant


Philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession which seeks to improve function and independence in activities of daily living for those who have been disabled by illness, injury, aging or birth accident. Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical development, social or emotional problems, need specialized assistance to lead productive and satisfying lives. OT serves a diverse population in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, schools, camps, private homes, and community agencies.


Program Expectations

The study of occupational therapy is academically demanding. Much detail must be learned, retained and then applied to new situations. Careful, correct and accurate writing is required in OTA courses, fieldwork and clinical practice. Accurate, comprehensible English verbal skills are also required. Interpersonal demands of the profession include team participation, understanding group process and non-verbal communication. Students are expected to be sensitive and respectful of others, able to meet the needs of others before their own and be culturally respectful and aware.


Program Admissions

The OTA program has an admissions process that a student must complete prior to beginning the OTA course of study. An Information Session is held the first Monday of each month from 5:00 - 6:15 pm to provide interested individuals with current information about the program and an OTA Program Application. (Dates and Times are subject to change) Please call 845-574-4436 for more information.


Refer to the College Catalog for information on policies and services applicable to all students at Rockland Community College, State University of New York. Because the health field changes so rapidly, adjustments to the curriculum, requirements and policies are sometimes necessary. The OTA faculty maintains the highest educational standards which may require changes in the information and policies on this site without prior to notice.



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, (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program are able 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). New York State and most other states, require licensure in order to practice, in addition to national certification. (


The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination within 12 months of graduation from 2011 -2013 was 48.  During that  3- year time period, the program had 56 graduates. The pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination for the calendar year 2013 is 96 %.


800 S. Frederick Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


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