The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program offered at Lincoln College of New England prepares students for entry level practice that reflects the values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession. The curriculum is designed to provide clinical onsite and hands on classroom instruction to optimize the learning experience of each student.
Lincoln College of New England is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 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 301-652-2682 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Lincoln College of New England, Southington, Connecticut, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective December 2, 2016. At its April 2017 meeting, ACOTE reviewed the Plan of Correction and Progress Report submitted by the occupational therapy assistant program. The program’s status remains Probationary Accreditation. On or before June 20, 2017, the program will submit a Progress Report to return the program to full compliance with the Standards within the mandated time period for correction. Full details of the program’s accredited status are available on this Disclosure Statement on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website: www.aota.org.
Graduates of the program will be 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 require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. When you apply to sit for the certification exam, you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felony convictions. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure. Connecticut requires a license in order to practice occupational therapy and the license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
The total number of graduates from Lincoln College of New England’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three year period 2013-2015 was 86, with an overall graduation rate of 80%.
NBCOT Certification Examination Performance: For information pertaining to the most recent (2015) performance of OTA graduates on the national certification examination, please access: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found here.
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