Occupational Therapy Assistant

At a Glance

Consider a career in a growing and rewarding allied health profession. Occupational therapy assistants provide skilled therapeutic interventions in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Leadership, advocacy, community and an occupation-based approach toward health and well-being are core to the program’s values.

The Associate in Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program, prepares students with the skills, knowledge and reasoning required of entry-level certified occupational therapy assistants. The two-year program combines lectures, hands-on labs and fieldwork experiences to enhance the educational experience.

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Lincoln Land Community College aims to graduate competent entry-level professionals dedicated to the advocacy and provision of quality occupational therapy services.

The LLCC 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 eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Following 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 affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure. LLCC and its occupational therapy assistant program recognize that accreditation status represents a promise of quality to the students, the college, the community and the profession of occupational therapy.


Graduation Year Cohort Number of Students Graduating/

Number of Students Entering
Graduation Rate (%)
2020 11/16 69%
2021 12/15 80%
2022 11/12 92%
Total 34/43 79%

For official program pass rates on the certification exam please see NBCOT School Performance Data.