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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social or emotional problems, need specialized help to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.
(AOTA 2008)

Occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) work in general hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, out-patient clinics, long term care facilities, home health agencies, public school systems, and various community programs providing services to individuals who are at risk for health related problems and dysfunction. COTAs also work in wellness programs to help clients to maintain health and engagement in their valued life activities.

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 and its Web address is