Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants help persons who are impaired due to injury or illness, emotional disorder, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or the aging process by implementing programs to improve functional abilities in all life skills. They work under supervision of Registered Occupational Therapists. Students will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  ACOTE's telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Delgado Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is to provide students an opportunity to earn an associate degree that allows for immediate employment in the field.  Both the didactic and the practical education are provided that, upon completion of the program, will allow the graduate to perform as an entry-level COTA in a variety of clinical environments. Graduates of the OTA Program will have the information and resources that prepare them to succeed on the certification examination provided by NBCOT, which will allow them to be eligible to practice in the profession.  Skills learned in the OTA Program provide graduates with the competence to serve the community in a profession that promotes and enhances occupations for a variety of challenged individuals.

The licensing boards of Louisiana and other states may refuse to grant licensure to persons who have been convicted of a felony.  Conviction of a felony may also prohibit sitting for the certification examination administered by National  Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Program pass rates can be found on the NBCOT site.

View program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Program Outcomes

Aggregate from graduating classes 2014-2016  

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate

2016

21/19

90%

2015

21/20

95%

2014

21/19

90%

Total

63/58

92%