Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work with individuals who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities or who have had their life interrupted by an injury or illness. OTAs work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to help clients become independent with their daily activities and routines.

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.

Successful graduates will be eligible and prepared to sit for the national certification examination and to be employed as entry-level occupational therapy assistants in a variety of practice settings.



This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929,(301) 652-AOTA, www.ACOTEonline.org ].

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). 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. A felony and/or misdemeanor may also affect a student's ability to be admitted to the program.

New Graduate Examination Data

Year Total Number
of NG testing 
Total Number
of NG passing
(% passing)
Total Number
of NG failing
(% failing)
2017 21 (100%) 0 (0%)
2018 20 20 (100%) 0 (0%)
2019 23 20 (100%) 3 (13%)

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


For additional details on admission requirements, application procedures, and tuition rates, view the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Bulletin.

 View the Occupational Therapy Assistant Application bulletin  >>

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Additional Program Information

Get detailed information on coursework, costs, graduation rates and more, in addition to eligibility for certification by NBCOT and AOTA.

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