Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Department Notes

Level II students, enrolled in the last semester in field work, are not permitted to officially withdraw if they fail in fieldwork. The failing grade will be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the OTA Department.

  • The student must maintain a minimum grade of a "C+" in all OT courses and a "C" in all general education courses required for the degree. A grade of "C-" is not passing in these courses.
  • General Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II Lecture and Lab, must have been taken in the last five years. English Writing, Public Speaking, and Abnormal Psychology must have been taken in the last 10 years. Students must acquire computer literacy skills prior to enrollment in OT 101.
  • A curriculum required course may be repeated only once. If approval to repeat a course is given, enrollment in the course is dependent on space availability.
  • The curriculum is designed in a sequence of courses to be completed in that manner. Refer to course description section for sequence of courses and prerequisites.
  • Each student is responsible for providing transportation to off-campus community agencies utilized for clinical activities.
  • A physical exam and current immunization report are required prior to start of fieldwork. Immunization against Hepatitis B is required.
  • Because of the nature of the profession, deviation from professional conduct may adversely affect patient/client well-being. Therefore, the department reserves the right to immediately remove a student from didactic laboratory or clinical course-work and/or dismiss that student from the program if the department has determined the student has displayed inappropriate behavior or acted in an unprofessional manner. Appropriate professional conduct and department policies relative to fieldwork are outlined in the student manual.


  • An Associate in Applied Science degree is granted to each student who successfully completes all coursework and all fieldwork. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in algebra at the level of MT 006.
  • New York State certification is required for employment in New York State. Upon graduation from the program, an individual is eligible to apply for certification. Many states in the U.S. require state licensure. Separate applications for state licensure must be filed within that state.
  • New York State DOES require passing of the National Certification Exam (NBCOT) for employment in New York State. A final, official transcript indicating confirmation for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant must be submitted to NBCOT as part of the application process for the national exam.
  • ECC OTA graduates interested in the practice area of psychiatric rehabilitation may meet eligibility criteria to sit for the Certification in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) exam after completing post graduate paid experience working within in a psychiatric rehabilitation setting. Students interested in pursuing CPRP certification should speak with their OTA advisor. Additional information can be obtained at United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (www.uspra.org).

Results of the 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
2011 8 8 6 75%
2012 20 14 11 79%
2013 8 12 10 83%
Total 3-year 36 34 27 79%

For additional information, go to https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Did You Know?

ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.


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