Earn an Associate Occupational Therapy Assistant degree close to home at Penn State Mont Alto!
Applications must be received by November 30 for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. 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.
Why Penn State Mont Alto?
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) through the 2023-2024 academic year.
Remember, all programs are not the same. Check out the Penn State difference! Penn State Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) Certification exam. Successful completion of this exam certifies the occupational therapy assistant as a COTA®. State licensure is required by most states and is usually based on the results of the NBCOT® certification exam.
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National Board for Certification Program
Beginning in 2013, program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found on-line.
National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
One Bank Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
What would prohibit a student from taking the certification exam?
If you have a felony conviction on your record, this may affect your ability to sit for the certification examination administered by NBCOT® after you graduate; this can subsequently affect your ability to attain state licensure. Before applying for the OTA program, you can contact NBCOT® for information on their early determination program to assess examination eligibility. Go to NBCOT and read the "Early Review" section for details.
Professional Licensure and Certification Compliance
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.