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New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology

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Associate's Degree - Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate's Degree program prepares students to assist people of all ages, with varying abilities or disabilities, to become independent in their day-to-day activities.

In the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate's Degree program, the student learns to act as part of the rehabilitation team, collecting data needed for the patient's initial evaluation, carrying out treatment plans, using technology to help people overcome disabilities, and designing activities to help people reach their goals.

After completion of all Occupational Therapy Assistant course training on campus, and Level I Fieldwork off campus, students enter the community for Level II Fieldwork. The two Level II Fieldwork experiences give the student many opportunities to apply Occupational Therapy Assistant classroom training to real life situations. Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants. Employment is available in a wide variety of settings in the areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics, and geriatrics, as well as in mental health and wellness programs. Earn your Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology in as little as 18 months, days or evenings. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management Technology.


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, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be 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).  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Most states, including Rhode Island, require licensure in order to practice. State licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.The total number of graduates who passed the certification exam as first-time new graduate test takers in 2004-2006 was 47 out of 50, which is a 94% pass rate. During that three year period, the program had 69 graduates.

Program offered is an Associates Degree.

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New England Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).