Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.

Course work includes human growth and development, conditions which interfere with activities of daily living, theory and process of occupational therapy, individual/group treatment activities, therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments.

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant.  Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/ extended-care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs, and community programs.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-AOTA

Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the program 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, all 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 may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure. Students are encouraged to contact NBCOT for questions related to certification.

NBCOT Program Data

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) has compiled program outcome data for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs throughout the nation. For more information, visit the NBCOT website.

Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Pitt Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3 year-period of 2020-2022 was 54, with an overall graduation rate of 75%.

Graduation YearNumber of Students Accepted into the ProgramNumber of Program GraduatesGraduation Rate

Rehabilitation Facilities (Inpatient & Outpatient)
Home Health Programs
Community Programs
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Psychiatric Hospital
Private Clinics

Fundamentals of OT
OT Media I & II
Assessment Skills
Professional Skills I & II
Life Span Skills I & II
Physical Conditions
Psychosocial Conditions
Fieldwork I – Placement 1, 2, and 3
Fieldwork II – Placement 1 and 2
Peds Concepts and Interventions
Adult Concepts and Interventions

Students will demonstrate knowledge necessary to perform as an entry-level practitioner. Students will demonstrate skills necessary to perform as an entry-level practitioner. Students will demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes necessary to perform as an entry-level practitioner. Students will demonstrate critical thinking. Students will communicate competently and professionally. Students will demonstrate the use of computerized technology for care of the OTA patient. Students will broaden their knowledge of the profession of occupational therapy in other countries by identifying the differences in educational requirements and scope of practice. Students will prepare for the NBCOT Certification Exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant