Occupational Therapy Assistant
STEM & Health Professions Division
Hours of Operation
- Mon - Fri : 8 am - 5 pm
- Donna C. Knoebel, Chair
- Kathy Babcock, Fieldwork Coordinator
Why Study in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?
Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people to regain or attain more productive, satisfying or independent lives. Injuries, developmental or emotional problems, diseases or physical challenges impact and disrupt people’s lives and can create difficulties in doing everyday tasks. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant can work with people to address their needs and the psychosocial, cognitive and physical aspects of performance that may have affected that person’s health and quality of life. The US Department of Labor website predicts an increased demand for trained personnel in this field, partially due to the growing population of senior citizens.
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. 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. (www.acoteonline.org)
The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers from 2010-2012 was 34 out of 50, which is a pass rate of 68%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 56 graduates. (https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx)
800 S. Frederick Ave., Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Meet our faculty
Program instructors are all licensed occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants currently in practice. OTA courses are taught at the main campus in the occupational therapy labs. Average class size of 18 allows faculty members to work one-on-one with students.