Applying to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant program graduate, you will function as a member of a health care team. Working under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, the occupational therapy assistants help disabled people of all ages acquire, improve, or regain the ability to do all activities that have meaning, value or purpose. Other responsibilities include assisting with evaluating clients and determining treatment goals, providing treatment, evaluating treatment effectiveness, maintaining appropriate records, and assisting with department upkeep.  

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program consists of four semesters and one summer session of academic work and clinical experience (called fieldwork). The curriculum combines basic biological and behavioral sciences with specific courses in theories of occupational therapy and occupational therapy treatment modalities. You will have both on campus laboratory experiences and off campus clinical laboratory experiences. Fieldwork portions of the program must be completed within 18 months of the completion of academic preparation.  

Upon graduating from the program, you will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the 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. 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. A felony conviction may limit an individual’s ability to be certified or licensed. Individuals with a felony record should contact the NBCOT to determine eligibility before applying to the program.  

The 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor stated that employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Employment can be found in medical centers, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, schools, community-based programs, vocational/industrial programs, hospitals and physician’s offices. Job titles include, but are not limited to, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, activity director, patient advocate, rehabilitation specialist, case manager, and workshop specialist.

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is selective. A complete list of admission criteria may be obtained from the program director.

Degree: AAS
Location: Zanesville
Duration: 2 Years
Type: Health

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Zane State College is accredited by the: 
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
telephone: 301-652-AOTA


OTA Fieldwork Educators Resources

OTA Program Student Handbook

OTA Program Fieldwork Syllabi

OTA Program Curriculum Design

Student Liability Insurance

Fieldwork Educator Information

  • Philosophy of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education: Value & Purpose
  • Role Competencies of a Fieldwork Educator
  • COE Guidelines for an Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Experience - Level II
  • ACOTE Standards for Fieldwork
  • HIPAA Guidelines for Fieldwork
  • The AOTA Self-Assessment Tool for Fieldwork Educator Competency

Ohio Laws and Rules Regulating the Practice of Occupational Therapy

Zane State College Site Specific Objectives Form (to be submitted to Kim Lawler, AFWC at by the third week of Level II experience. Once submission/year.)