Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant


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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

    The LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

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  • Orientation
  • NBCOT
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  • Why Should You Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

    The LBCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The program follows a hybrid delivery model and includes classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork components.

    • Classroom: Traditional students attend classes in person on the LBCC campus while distance-education students attend classes in real time/at the same time via the internet.
    • Laboratory: Traditional students attend labs on the LBCC campus while distance-education students attend labs at partner community colleges or other sites in their geographic area. Additionally, all students come to the LBCC campus for one-day or two-day visits up to three times per term. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs.
    • Fieldwork: Fieldwork experiences are completed at fieldwork sites in the Pacific Northwest; fieldwork placement is determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and is dependent upon availability of fieldwork sites and educators. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs.

    A cohort of 24 students is admitted to each class. Students will develop an understanding of occupational therapy theory and practice, including activity analysis and clinical reasoning for helping clients meet their goals. Successful graduates will be eligible and prepared to sit for the national certification examination and to function as entry-level occupational therapy assistants in a variety of practice settings. The program performance data on the NBCOT National Certification exam can be found here: NBCOT program performance data.

    For information about applying to the program, please refer to the "Occupational Therapy Assistant" Bulletin and Application located here, under the "Special Admission" heading. After reading the bulletin, if you are interested in applying as a traditional LBCC student, please contact Lorraine Lara at laral@linnbenton.edu; if you are interested in applying as a distance-education student through one of our partner colleges, please contact that college's OTA program advisor as listed in the bulletin.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.


    Median Earnings: Annual Openings:
  • Graduation Rate

    The total number of graduates from the Linn-Benton Community College Associates of Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 6-year period of 2010-2017 was 132, with an overall graduation rate of 92%.

    • Graduation Year
      Students Entering/Graduating
      Graduation Rate
    • 2010-2012
      25/23
      92%
    • 2011-2013
      23/22
      96%
    • 2012-2014
      24/23
      96%
    • 2013-2015
      23/21
      88%
    • 2014-2016
      24/21
      87%
    • 2015-2017
      25/22
      88%
    • TOTAL
      144/132
      92%
  • Orientation

    If you're interested in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, view the videos below, take a self-assessment to see if you have what it takes, and learn about LBCC's program. This orientation may take 30-45 minutes to complete, so be sure you have sufficient time before starting.

    If you decide that this is the program for you, be sure to view all of the content, then take the short quiz at the end to complete the orientation.

    Traditional students: After you submit this final quiz, your student information will be sent to the Academic Planning Assistant, who will then enable you to register for LBCC classes. You will receive a notification email as soon as you are able to register. Please allow 2 business days for the Academic Planning Assistant to review your submission.

    Distance Education students: Submitting this final quiz will alert the OTA department to expect your program application.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Overview

    The video below will give you an overview of what an Occupational Therapy Assistant's job is like.
    The following videos below can give you an idea of what OTAs do and what your training will be like.
    About the diversity of the OT profession:
    About a similar OTA program:

    Additional Resources

    National Information

    Regional Information

    View the webpage for the American Occupational Therapy Association, or AOTA. As an OTA, you will join this group of over 40,000 other AOTA members throughout the United States and abroad: AOTA

    Assessment

    Do you have what it takes?

    Take this assessment to find out if you have what it takes to be an OTA! Be sure to print your results and include them with your program application: Program Assesssment.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Overview

    Program Bulletin

    Want to learn more? For information on admission requirements, application procedures, and tuition rates, view the program bulletin available at bulletin.

    Note that there is a separate program bulletin for traditional students and for Distance Education students.

    Finish Orientation

    If you have decided to apply to Linn-Benton Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program, take the quiz below. By this point, you should have already viewed all of the content on the Occupational Therapy Assistant site.

    If you are a traditional student, your student information will be sent to the Academic Planning Assistant, who will contact you with further instructions within 2 business days. Orientation submissions will be checked every day during registration periods.

    All students: print a copy of your quiz results and include it with your program application.

    http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=lbcc-occupational-therapy-assistant-orientation

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

    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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

    *Note: a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    *Note: a felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

    The NBCOT program data results page can be found here.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2017

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      21
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      21 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      495
    • Aveerage Passing Score
      495

    *NG= Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2016

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      497
    • Average Passing Score
      497
    • Average Failing score

    *NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2015

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      496
    • Average Passing score
      496
    • Average Failing score

    *NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2014

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      22
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      22 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      (% failing) 0
    • Total Score Average
      492
    • Average Passing score
      492
    • Average Failing score

    *NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.

    LBCC OTA New Graduates (NG*) results for January - December 2013

    • Your School Candidate Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      21
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      21 (100%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      0 (0%)
    • Total Score Average
      492
    • Average Passing score
      492
    • Average Failing score

    *NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.

    LBCC OTA and all US schools FIRST TIME NEW GRADUATE (NG) results for January - December 2012

    • Your School Candidate Results
      All U.S. Schools Results
    • Total Number of NG testing
      21
      3806
    • Total Number of NG passing (% passing)
      20 (95%)
      3086 (81%)
    • Total Number of NG failing (% failing)
      1 (5%)
      720 (19%)
    • Total Score Average
      496
      477
    • Average Passing score
      501
      489
    • Average Failing score
      393
      426

    * NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation.

  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

    ACOTE

    c/o Accreditation Department

    American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200

    Bethesda, MD

    20814-3449

    (301) 652-2682

    acoteonline.org

    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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

    *Note: a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    *Note: a felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

    Students follow a pre-determined schedule of courses in the LBCC OTA program. Any deviation from the schedule must be pre-approved by the LBCC OTA program. All students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months of completion of the didactic portion of the program. All students must fulfill all graduation requirements within 36 months of admission into the program.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Facility

As of May 2017, we moved into a new building with state-of-the-art equipment! The new Healthcare Occupations Center is focused on healthcare and allows us to collaborate with other healthcare programs at LBCC.

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