Help Others as an Occupational Therapy AssistantIf you're thinking about joining the fast-growing field of Occupational Therapy, consider the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate's Degree program at Remington College. (1,2,3)Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses to recover and improve the skills they need for daily living.(1) Our Orlando-area associate's degree program, based out of Heathrow, can provide the training needed to help you qualify for an entry-level position in this dynamic healthcare field.(2)Orlando/Online Occupational Therapy Assistant School ProgramOur Occupational Therapy Assistant degree can be completed in as few as 24 months and exposes students to a diverse array of clinical topics, including; pediatrics, mental health, neuro-rehabilitation, geriatrics, and physical disabilities.(3)As a "hybrid" program, the curriculum is divided into online courses, in-person labs, and fieldwork. Unlike traditional colleges with lengthy semesters, we guide our students through our Occupational Therapy Assistant school program in eight 3 month quarters.(3)Benefits of the Remington College Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program:The hybrid approach uses online coursework to supplement the in-person instruction (labs) and fieldwork courses.The online courses help students fit school into their existing home and work schedules.Lab instruction provides students with the opportunity to work directly with qualified instructors who have real-world experience in the field.Through practical experience obtained in fieldwork, students are exposed to diverse working environments and therapeutic skills.During the fieldwork courses, students get valuable real-world practice in working with psychosocial issues, physical disabilities, pediatrics, holistic occupational therapy techniques, and more.Our Occupational Therapy Assistant school training includes fieldwork rotations that give students the real-world experience that many employers value. Some examples of the settings where students can complete their fieldwork include: home healthcare services, nursing care facilities, schools, private medical offices, and hospitals. The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Remington College cannot provide any assurances that ACOTE accreditation of its occupational therapy assistant program will be granted or when ACOTE might accredit Remington College's occupational therapy assistants program. If Remington College's occupational therapy assistants program does not receive ACOTE accreditation before a student graduates, the graduate will not be eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination. The granting of Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association does not assure that ACOTE accreditation of Remington College's occupational therapy assistant program will ultimately be obtained. Further, completion of Remington College's occupational therapy assistant program does not guarantee that a graduate will pass the NBCOT exam or be able to obtain state licensure. Prior to enrolling, individuals interested in this program are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration and/or licensure requirements for a career as an occupational therapist assistant for each state in which they may seek licensure.