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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science
STEM and Health Professions

Why Study in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people 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 tasks 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.

Occupational Objectives

This Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares students to begin a career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New York State. If a student decides to continue academically towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree or become a registered Occupational Therapist, additional general education courses will then need to be completed.

5 Top Reasons

To Study in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships.
  2. FACULTY: Caring instruction by licensed OT and OTAs with current field experience.
  3. CAREER: Internships and our OTA lab provide real world experience.
  4. FLEXIBILITY: Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments. On-campus childcare available.
  5. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are over 30 student clubs, with activities to explore your special interests and socialize, with one club just for OTA students. 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. Upon completion of academic coursework, two for-credit internships are required, and are provided at a variety of settings where occupational therapy services are delivered.

Sample Courses:

  • Clinical Conditions
  • Therapeutic Occupations
  • Occupational Therapy Skills
  • Advanced Therapeutic Occupations
  • Principles of Occupational Therapy I-IV
  • Professional Issues & Documentation in Occupational Therapy


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

The degree will provide students with a high quality client-centered program that will teach them the ethics, values and beliefs of the occupational therapy profession. Students will understand and develop respect for the complexities of human diversity.

The RCC OTA 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

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to work under the supervision of and in cooperation with the registered occupational therapist.
  • Understand and uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
  • Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication.
  • Develop an educational foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, including a focus on issues related to diversity.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has a special admissions process
with an information session for prospective students each month. Please call 845-574-4436 for detailed information about upcoming information sessions. The OTA department office is located in the Technology Center, Room 8300.

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