Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cabarrus College prepares students to assist people across the lifespan who have experienced physical, mental, or developmental conditions to develop or regain skills for everyday tasks.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for OTAs are expected to grow much faster than average, especially in geriatrics and pediatrics.
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Career options exist in hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, outpatient centers, industry, and rehabilitation centers.

The OTA program offers a two year Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Instruction focuses on clinical reasoning skills to create customized, therapeutic interventions and adaptations to the client's environment. Students' progress from basic fundamental skill sets to demonstrated clinical competencies and, finally, to intensive fieldwork. Cabarrus College partners with over 90 different sites for clinical opportunities.

Following graduation and prior to employment, students are required to pass the National Board for Certification Examination in Occupational Therapy Assistant. In addition, most states require licensure. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the national certification examination or to attain state licensure.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Cabarrus College is accredited by:
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Ln., Ste 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449
AOTA phone number: 301-652-AOTA

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education is the accrediting body. ACOTE Website: www.acoteonline.org
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