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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy

School of Nursing, Health and Wellness

Technology Center
Room 8300
f: 845-574-4462

Hours of Operation

  • Mon - Fri : 8 am - 4 pm


Upcoming Info Sessions

Why Study in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people to regain or attain more productive, satisfying or independent lives. Injuries, developmental or emotional problems, diseases or physical challenges impact and disrupt people’s lives and can create difficulties in doing everyday tasks. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant can work with people to address their needs and the psycho-social, cognitive and physical aspects of performance that may have affected that person’s health and quality of life. The US Department of Labor website predicts an increased demand for trained personnel in this field, partially due to the growing population of senior citizens.

Degree offered:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Admissions  *The Next Application Deadline is  November 15th, 2020, for Spring 2021 admission.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via email sent to:

No paper applications will be accepted.

The OTA program has an admissions process that a student must complete prior to beginning the OTA course of study. Currently, Information Sessions are held virtually throughout the year to provide interested individuals with current information about the program, curriculum, and application process.  Sessions are usually one hour in length. Please contact the OTA program for more information.

**The next session will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 4 pm. It will take place online via Zoom. Email to RSVP. We will respond to all students who RSVP providing them with the link and additional information.

Refer to the College catalog for information on policies and services applicable to all students at Rockland Community College. Because the health field changes so rapidly, adjustments to the curriculum, requirements and policies are sometimes necessary. The OTA faculty maintains the highest educational standards, which may require changes in the information and policies on this site without prior to notice.


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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA.

Graduates of the program are 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). New York State and most other states, require licensure in order to practice, in addition to national certification. (

*The OTA Program is accredited for a 10 year period from 2013/2014 to 2023-2024 which is the maximum number of years awarded.

The total number of graduates from the OTA program of Rockland Community College during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 72 with an overall graduation rate of 55%.

Graduation YearStudent Entering / GraduatingGraduation Rate
2016 41/20 49%
2017 43/23 53%
2018 45/28 62%
Total: 129/72 55%

The School Performance for 2018 is 96%.  Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found online at:


One Bank Street, *Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Meet our faculty

Program instructors are all licensed occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants currently in practice. OTA courses are taught at the main campus in the occupational therapy lab. Average class size of 18 allows faculty members to work one-on-one with students.

Read more on Occupational Therapy full-time faculty


Program Expectations
Application Process
FAQs Disclosure
College Catalog - Occupational Therapy Courses
Fieldwork Expectations
Degrees and Certificates