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The faculty of the LaGuardia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program thanks you for your interest in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. We are delighted that you have chosen to consider occupational therapy as a career. It’s a wonderful field with a variety of possibilities.
LaGuardia Community College offers an AAS Degree (Associate in Applied Science) for students who successfully complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
An occupational therapy assistant works under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist to help individuals with physical, psychiatric, developmental, and other disabilities to participate in daily life to the greatest extent possible. Occupational therapy assistants choose and adapt tasks, activities, and therapeutic media to improve the functioning of their clients. They instruct individuals and groups, contribute to evaluation and assessment, and communicate reports of patient progress to the health care team.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by ACOTE, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the national certification for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Beginning in February of 2012 successful completion of the NBCOT examination is required in order for graduates to practice as occupational therapy assistants in the state of NY.
The faculty, counselors and staff of the college are available to assist you in any way possible. Make use of these opportunities and give yourself the best the college has to offer! The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program faculty and staff will be glad to discuss occupational therapy and the emerging areas of practice with you. We welcome your questions and your interest in a career in Occupational Therapy.
Academic advisement for students who need to complete developmental skills courses, and who are on probation, is provided by the Health Sciences Academic Advisors. Students can contact academic advisors for additional information or clarification as needed. Contact information for the academic advisors is: