Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree

Earn an Associate Occupational Therapy Assistant degree close to home at Penn State Mont Alto!

Applications must be received by November 30 for Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Occupational Therapy programs. Are you ready?  Apply here!  If you need to transfer into the degree program from a different one, please use this form.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA’s) work in numerous practice settings, guided by the supervision of occupational therapists. Across the lifespan, individuals engage in meaningful occupations.  Learning, playing, working, resting, and caring for self and others are among the occupations of life. A physical or psychological challenge may hinder an individual, group, and/or community from participating fully in meaningful occupations. Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to maintain or reclaim independence; thereby positively engaging in Living Life to its Fullest™.  By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference in people’s lives. Following graduation from the nationally accredited program, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

Occupational Therapy is a growing healthcare field in the United States with increasing employment opportunities expected to rise steadily through 2024. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics includes occupational therapy assistants among its list of fastest growing occupations and predicts a much faster than average growth (40%) in next decade.

Career opportunities for a graduate with an associate degree in occupational therapy may include:

  • Working in public and private schools
  • Rehabilitation hospitals and centers
  • Skilled and intermediate care facilities
  • Early intervention programs
  • General hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Senior day programs
  • Community wellness centers
  • Hand therapy clinics

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Phone: 301-652-2682

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Phone: 301-652-6611, ext. 2914

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