Occupational Therapy Assistant Program


Occupational Therapy Assistants treat and care for individuals across the lifespan who are impaired in their ability to participate in everyday activities, or “occupations”, due to neurological, physical, psychological or developmental dysfunctions.  An occupation is simply an activity that has meaning or value to an individual as they function in their home, work, school or community.

Occupational Therapy Assistants:

  • work under the direction of Occupational Therapists to help assess individuals and implement treatment plans for individuals impaired by disability
  • offer creative and adaptive approaches to help individuals remediate, rehabilitate, or compensate for their loss of function
  • offer a holistic view of individuals to promote the healthy balance of self-care, work, and leisure activities for improved quality of life

"The occupational therapy assistant program at St. Louis College of Health Careers is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).


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 that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Applicants should also note that ‘any’ criminal background or history could potentially affect fieldwork placement, licensure, certification, or job placement. Applicants are solely responsible for seeking out clarification from their respective state licensing board(s), potential employer(s), and/or local state Department of Health and Senior Services (including Family Care Registry) to determine if their criminal background might affect them in any way prior to enrollment in the OTA program.


For More Information:


c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682



NBCOT Certification Results

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Disclosure Information

Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is only offered at the County Campus.


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