Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Why Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people attain or regain more productive, satisfying or independent lives in their chosen occupations.

When lives have been disrupted by injuries, diseases, physical, emotional, developmental social or cognitive challenges, occupational therapy practitioners assist by adapting or modifying the environments so they may optimally function in everyday tasks.

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants work with people, groups or populations to address those aspects of their performance that affects health, well-being and quality of life.

Why choose RCC?

The 64 credit A.A.S. degree is generally completed in 2.5 years. Sixteen weeks of full time clinical fieldwork is required once the academic portion is completed.

The program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for a National Certification Exam and apply for state licensure as a generalist OTA.

Where do OTA’s Work?

Our graduates develop the skills necessary to work in a variety of health care settings, schools, out-patient clinics, pediatric settings and home care.

Degree offered:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Admissions

*The Next Application Deadline is November 15, 2021.
Applications will ONLY be accepted via email sent to: [email protected]

No paper applications will be accepted.

The OTA program has an admissions process that a student must complete prior to beginning the OTA course of study. Currently, Information Sessions are held virtually throughout the year to provide interested individuals with current information about the program, curriculum, and application process. Sessions are usually one hour in length. Please contact the OTA program for more information.

Refer to the College catalog for information on policies and services applicable to all students at Rockland Community College. Because the health field changes so rapidly, adjustments to the curriculum, requirements and policies are sometimes necessary. The OTA faculty maintains the highest educational standards, which may require changes in the information and policies on this site without prior to notice.


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 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 able 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). New York State and most other states, require licensure in order to practice, in addition to national certification. (www.acoteonline.org)

*The OTA Program is accredited for a 10 year period from 2013/2014 to 2023-2024 which is the maximum number of years awarded.

The total number of graduates from the OTA program of Rockland Community College during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 118 with an overall graduation rate of 63%.

Graduation YearStudent Entering / GraduatingGraduation Rate

The School Performance for 2020 is 100%. Students must pass a national licensing exam in order to obtain employment. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found online at:


One Bank Street, *Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

 OTA Program 2021/2022 Full-Time SemesterOTA Program 2021/2022
Part-Time Per Credit
Total Program Cost 2021-2022
4 semesters and Fieldwork A/B
Tuition – NYS Resident with Certificate +$2,606.00$218.00
per credit
Tuition – Out of State Resident/F1 Visa++$5,212.00$436.00
per credit
Student Activities Fees$74.00
per semester
$4.50 per credit
(Min $9.00)
Malpractice Insurance$13.50
per course**
per course**
Technology Fee$15.00
per credit
per credit
Books & SuppliesFull-Time
15-16 credit hour load
approx. $700
7-8 credit hour load
approx. $350

+Rockland County Resident and New York State “Non Rockland “residents with a Certificate of Residency
++Fall and Spring Semesters Only
* OCC 101, OCC 105, OCC 107, OCC 201, OCC 202, OCC 204, OCC 205
** Fieldwork A and B:  OCC 171, OCC 172
Transportation Costs: Varies depending on Days on Campus and Clinical Placements



Notification of Disclosure

Federal Law limits the issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to United States citizens or qualified aliens. Those students who are not US citizens or qualified aliens should contact the NY State Education Department at 518-474-3817 or www.op.nysed.gov for further assistance.

All applicants should be made aware that when making an application to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) you will be asked to answer questions regarding any felony convictions. NBCOT will consider any felony convictions on a case by case basis. If you have a history of a felony conviction it is strongly recommended you contact NBCOT immediately, (One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 or call 301-990-7979) or www.NBCOT.org to see if you will eligible to take the certification exam.

OTA Program Expectations

OTA Application Process
OTA Fieldwork Expectations