Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, or COTAs, work in collaboration with occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to people of all ages who are learning or relearning ways to succeed in the occupations of life: any tasks one may do on a daily basis for work or leisure.
In the A.S. in Occupational Therapy program, accelerated, experiential, self-directed learning is guided by faculty and mentors active in the profession, preparing you to practice in an array of settings and to sit for the NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) examination.
The PhilaU Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy program features five 8-week terms per year, with classes two evenings per week and Saturday mornings. Additional learning and activities occur through an online format. In addition to active classroom learning, the program includes a strong clinical component, with five total clinical fieldwork experiences required. The first three placements are part-time (36 hours per term), and the final two terms consist of two 8-week, full-time clinical placements—preparing you for your transition into the field.