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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Application Process

Application Process

How to Apply to the OTA Program

Future Opportunities

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Courses & Degree Plans

Courses & Degree Plans

Official Course Syllabi, Degree Plan and Course Sequence


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Jefferson College is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. It consists of 14-16 credit hours of prerequisite courses; 19 credit hours of general education courses and 49 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum.

Classes offered at Hillsboro campus and at JC online.

The Jefferson College occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is 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.

“Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

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If you have any questions, please call the Health Occupations Department at 636-481-3466.

  Year of Graduation Number of OTA Program Graduates Number of Test Takers Percentage of First-Time Test Takers Who Passed the Exam Percentage of Test Takers Who Passed Exam Within 12 Months of Graduation
  2014 13 13 85% (12) 92%
  2015 8 8 88% (7) 88%
  2016 16 16 69% (13) 81%
  3 Year Total 37 37 81% (32) 86%

For the most up-to-date information on Jefferson College's OTA graduates' certification exam scores, please access the direct link to the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).



Graduation Year Admitted Graduated Graduation Rate
2014 14 13 93%
2015 11 8 73%
2016 17 16 94%
Total 42 37 88%


Graduation Year          Number of OTA Program Graduates Percent Employed at 6 Months Percent Employed in Their Degree Field at 6 Months Percent Employed in Their Degree Field at 12 Months
2014 13 85% 77% Of those who have responded (9) 88% are employed
2015 8 100% 75% 88%
2016 16 Of those who have responded (13) 92% are employed Of those who have responded (13) 54% are employed as a COTA Of those who have responded (9) 90% are employed as a COTA