Accreditation/Certification

Accreditation

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, Maryland 20814-3449
Telephone No. - (301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

The OTA program received a 10 year re-accreditation in 2004. The program is scheduled for re-accreditation in 2013/2014.

Certification/Authorization to Practice

Graduates of the OTA Program are required to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Upon successful completion of the NBCOT exam graduates must apply to the New York State Education Department for authorization to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

NBCOT
800 S. Frederick Ave. Suite 200
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-4150
Telephone No. - (301) 990-7979
www.nbcot.org

Upon successful completion of the exam, the graduate receives national certification and may use the letters "COTA".

NOTE: Graduates of the OTA program are required to apply for NBCOT certification. Candidates applying for the Certification Examination must notify the NBCOT's Qualifications Review Committee (QRC) if they have ever been charged with or convicted of a felony. A felony conviction may prevent the candidate from taking the examination. Please consult the department chair if this may be an issue in successfully pursuing a career in occupational therapy.

Outcome Data

Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination:

Year Number of Program Graduates Number of
first-time test takers
Number of first-time test
takers who
passed the exam
Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam
2010
20
11
9
82%
2011
25
20
12
60%
2012
22
27
23
85%
Total 3-year
67
58
44
76%


ACOTE ACCREDITATION statement:

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 www.acoteonline.org

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program:

(845) 341-4323

Flo Hannes, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chair
115 South Street Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4323
E-mail

Margaret Boyle, Department Secretary
(845) 341-4291
E-mail

Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, COTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
(845) 341-4322
E-mail