Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program

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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 The New England Commission of Higher Education. 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.aota.org.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Lincoln College of New England, Southington, Connecticut, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective December 2, 2016, by ACOTE. Subsequently, at its April 2018 meeting, ACOTE reviewed the Progress Report submitted by the LCNE OTA program on April 1, 2018, and acted to change the accreditation status of the program to Accreditation Withdrawn-Involuntary. The LCNE OTA program appealed the decision by ACOTE effective May 18, 2018.

As part of our program’s appeal to ACOTE’s decision to involuntarily withdraw our accreditation, LCNE submitted a response to ACOTE that included a written statement with evidence that ACOTE’s decision was arbitrary, capricious, and in substantial disregard of their criteria. In addition, on July 11, 2018, our program appeared in-person before an ACOTE review board panel.

In correspondence dated August 21, 2018, LCNE received notification that ACOTE granted our OTA program an extension of time to demonstrate compliance with Standard A.5.6 and will remain in Probationary Accreditation until April 2019. ACOTE also requested in the August 21, 2018, correspondence that our OTA program submit a Progress Report by March 25, 2019, that would evidence our compliance with Standard A.5.6. 

Full details of the program’s accredited status are available 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 2014-2016 was 75, with an overall graduation rate of 71%.

Graduate Performance Information

NBCOT Certification Examination Performance: For information pertaining to the most recent (2016) performance of OTA graduates on the national certification examination, please access: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

2014 - 2016 Graduation Data

Graduation year Students entering/students graduating Graduation rate
2014 42/30 71%
2015 28/22 79%
2016 36/23 64%

Previous NBCOT Data

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found here.

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