Associate of Science

About Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Rutgers School of Health Professions offices a Associate in Science degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant. This 74-credit degree program prepares students as professionals who contribute to the health and well-being of all populations in New Jersey and beyond. Our graduates serve people of all ages who experience illness, disease, disability, disadvantages, trauma, and challenging life circumstances, helping them to adapt through participation in meaningful occupations. The Occupational Therapy Assitant graduate is prepared to practice as a dynamic and inter-professional team member, working under the supervision of an occupational therapist, within health care, educational, and other community systems. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Rutgers is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Graduates of an ACOTE accredited OTA 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). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Rutgers OTA program graduates achieve a 100% pass rate on the national certification exam and routinely surpass the national average score and passing rate.
This degree is jointly sponsored by the Rutgers School of Health Professions in collaboration with one of the partner colleges in New Jersey. Students must complete the pre-professional OTA curriculum at one of the partner colleges to be eligible for admission into the professional part of the program through the Rutgers School of Health Professions. Completion of the pre-profesional curriculum at a partner college does not guarantee admission. Students who meet the admissions criteria will apply directly through the School of Health Professions.