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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant


Occupational Therapy
STEM & Health Professions Division

Technology Center
Room 8323
f: 845-574-4462

Hours of Operation

  • Mon - Fri : 8 am - 4 pm


Upcoming Info Sessions

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 psych-osocial, 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.

Degree offered:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Occupational Therapy Assistant

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 a 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.

***Spring 2017 Information Sessions will be held on:

3/06/17 5:00 - 6:15 pm AC I, Room 1119
4/03/17 5:00 - 6:15 pm AC I, Room 1119
5/01/17 5:00 - 6:15 pm AC I, Room 1119


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. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 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 OTA Program is accredited for a 10 year period from 2013/2014 to 2023-2024 which is the maximum number of years awarded.

The total number of graduates from the OTA program of Rockland Community College during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 71 with an overall graduation rate of 54%.

Graduation YearStudent Entering / GraduatingGraduation Rate
2013 44/23 52%
2014 44/19 43%
2015 44/29 66%
Total: 132/71 54%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found online at:

12 South Summit Ave. Suite 100
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.

Read more on Occupational Therapy full-time faculty


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