What is Occupational Therapy?

“In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015).



Admissions Requirements and Point Count Worksheet

Point Count Worksheet


Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the OTA Program are required to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Upon successful completion of the NBCOT exam graduates must apply to the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy for authorization to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant within the state of North Carolina.

800 S. Frederick Ave. Suite 200
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-4150
Telephone No. – (301) 990-7979

NOTE: Graduates of the OTA program are required to apply for NBCOT certification. Candidates applying for the Certification Examination must notify the NBCOT’s Qualifications Review Committee (QRC) if they have ever been charged with or convicted of a felony. A felony conviction may prevent the candidate from taking the examination.

Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Cape Fear Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 52, with an overall graduation rate of 88%.

Year Number of Student Accepted into the Program  Number of Program Graduates  Program Graduation Rates Number of 1st Time Test Takers Number of 1st Time Test Takers Who Passed the Exam Percentage of 1st Time Test Takers Who passed
2016 20 17 85% 17 17 100%
2017 20 16 80% 14 14 100%
2018 19 19 100% 17 17 100%
3 Year Total 59 52 88% 48 48 100%

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides outcome data for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs throughout the nation. For more information, visit the NBCOT website.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Cape Fear Community College 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.  AOTA Phone Number:  (301) 652-AOTA.  The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education is the accrediting body. ACOTE Website:  www.acoteonline.org

Quick Facts

  • Degree: AAS, Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Program Length:  5 semesters
  • Annual acceptance is determined in the Spring and classes begin in the Fall.
  • Class Size:  Maximum of 20 students each year

Application Period:

February 10-May 6, 2020

Information Sessions Dates:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020- 1:00-2:00pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2020- 1:00-2:00pm

Friday, March 27, 2020- 9:00-10:00am

All info sessions will take place in Room L-322

  • NO appointment needed
  • Please arrive on time.