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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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When you think of occupational therapy, what comes to mind? Is it a dad relearning how to drive so he can pick up his child at school? Or is it a child trying to walk again after recovering from a traumatic brain injury? Or maybe you think of a mental health assessment that helps determine whether a person can independently eat, bathe, and dress daily. All of these — and so much more — describe the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) field.

Working under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist, OTAs bring out the grit and determination of patients of all ages as they learn or regain the ability to have independent and satisfying lives.

As an OTA student at Zane State, the curriculum to enter the field is challenging and rewarding. It combines biological and behavioral sciences in lecture and traditional-style classes over four full-time semesters and one summer session. During your final semester, you will complete your clinical experience, called fieldwork, where you will experience supervised practical experience in a healthcare setting to prepare for the workforce.

Please note this program is a selective health program. This means that once you are accepted to Zane State College, you will need to submit an additional, separate application for this program. The application is open annually from October 1 to April 1 for admission in the following academic year.

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Change lives - increase client’s independence in daily occupations, their meaningful activities

Zane State College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has an overall graduation rate of 92%

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Program Director: Rachel Milliner, rmilliner@zanestate.edu
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator: Bobi Bonar, bbonar@zanestate.edu
OTA Core Faculty: Tori Davis-Finnerty, vdavis@zanestate.edu

  • This program is accredited by:

    Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

    c/o Accreditation Department of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200

    North Bethesda, Maryland 20852-4929

    Status: Accreditation 

    Telephone: 301-652-6611

    Website: https://acoteonline.org 

    Certificate of Accreditation

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) certification as an occupational therapy assistant. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).  In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licensees are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.  States also require certified occupational therapy assistants to complete a licensing process to practice in their respective state. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT exam or attain state licensure. 

Individuals with a felony record should contact the NBCOT to determine eligibility before applying to the program. The contact information is: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878. NBCOT’s phone number is 301.990.7979 and its website is https://www.nbcot.org.

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Zane State College EEET Program Graduation Data

  • 2012 Graduates: 35
  • 2013 Graduates: 31
  • 2014 Graduates: 26
  • 2015 Graduates: 26
  • 2016 Graduates: 23
  • 2017 Graduates: 29
  • 2018 Graduates: 42
  • 2019 Graduates: 25
  • 2020 Graduates: 25
  • 2021 Graduates: 27
  • 2022 Graduates: 36

Zane State College EEET Program Enrollment Data

  • Fall 2012: 39
  • Fall 2013: 57
  • Fall 2014: 73
  • Fall 2015: 72
  • Fall 2016: 94
  • Fall 2017: 85
  • Fall 2018: 70
  • Fall 2019: 75
  • Fall 2020: 71
  • Fall 2021: 78