OTA Program Receives Accreditation Through 2027

Thursday, June 25, 2020
group of OTA students by Success Wall

Raritan Valley Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program has received accreditation through 2027 from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Registration begins July 9 for the next cohort of students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program. The deadline for admissions to the program is November 1 and the next OTA cohort begins in January 2021. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/admissions.

In 2018, RVCC became the only community college in New Jersey to offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for an in-demand career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Occupational Therapy Assistants collaborate with Occupational Therapists to help people improve their functions so they can carry on daily life activities. They provide rehabilitative services to individuals with physical, emotional, mental or developmental impairments. From teaching a stroke victim to brush his teeth, to helping a child in a wheelchair navigate a school hallway, Occupational Therapy Assistants help people of all ages handle daily tasks and regain their independence.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS program is designed for students interested in entering the workforce immediately after graduation. It combines classroom instruction with clinical training in a community setting. The 67-credit program is designed to be completed in two years, with three semesters of full-time coursework and one semester of full-time, 40-hours-per-week fieldwork. Federal and state financial aid options are available for students enrolled in the program.

The program includes courses focusing on such topics as human anatomy and physiology, pediatric/adolescent occupational therapy, kinesiology, interpersonal communications, sociology, psychosocial occupational therapy, adult/geriatric physical rehabilitation, and OTA management and ethics.

In order to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, students must graduate from a program accredited by ACOTE and successfully pass an exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

For information about RVCC’s OTA program, visit https://www.raritanval.edu/occupational-therapy-assistant or contact Program Director Beau Younker, 908-526-1200, ext. 8416 or beau.younker@raritanval.edu. For additional information, contact the College’s Admissions office, 908-526-1200, ext. 7009 or admissions@raritanval.edu.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.



June 25, 2020

PR #127