Occupational Therapy Assistant

river valley studentsACOTE placed the program on Probationary Accreditation for noncompliance with Standards A.6.9 and C.1.7. This status was effective on April 30, 2016. Please do contact the program director directly for questions about the aforementions standards as she is happy to discuss the status at any time. Contact information: Jennifer J. Saylor, M.Ed., jsaylor@ccsnh.edu or 603-542-7744 x 5413.

Associate in Science Degree
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Curriculum Design and Program Outcomes

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Occupational therapists (OT's) help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists help clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

What can I do with my degree?
Graduates of our program engage in treating both the young and old. An OTA may work in the schools with children or young adults, in hospitals with those who have suffered a trauma or injury, in the home with a person who is striving toward independence or in the community addressing health and wellness needs. These are just a few of the options available for practice.

What can I expect after graduation?
Our graduates are earning an average salary of $18.00/hour and are finding jobs with a great deal of flexibility, good benefits and room for growth. The need for OTA's is growing exponentially as all graduates over the last five years continue to be gainfully employed.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), ACOTE c/o AOTA, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The web site is www.aota.org.  Questions about ACOTE accreditation can be directed via the ACOTE web site www.acoteonline.org. Or via AOTA telephone number: (301) 652-AOTA

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). Most states require licensure to practice, and state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Any arrest, charge, or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may not only affect a student's ability to attend certain clinical sites for clinical education and fieldwork, it may also affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or obtain state licensure.

 NBCOT examination pass rates

Year Total Number of New Graduates Testing Total Number of New Graduates Passing Total Number of New Graduates Failing RVCC
Percentage Passing
Rate of New Graduates
2015 13 11 2 84%
2014 18  13            5 72%
2013 4 4            0 100%
35 28            7 80% 

For up to date passing rates of first time test takers please proceed to the following link https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Change of Accreditation Status: OTA Program
ACOTE’s Disclosure Statement regarding Probationary Accreditation Action

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at River Valley Community College, Claremont, New Hampshire, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective April 9, 2016, for nearing the end of the mandated time period for returning the program to compliance with 2011 OTA Standards A.6.9 (written syllabi) and C.1.7 (fieldwork experience with focus on psychological and social factors). The program has been requested to submit a Progress Report to return the program to full compliance with the Standards within the mandated time period for correction.



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