Occupational therapy helps people of all ages participate in activities they want to do through the therapeutic use of everyday tasks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Dallas College has received accreditation for its Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®). The accreditation process is designed to facilitate development, and substantial support is provided to the program during the process. You may contact the OTA program director, as well as the AOTA Accreditation Department, should you have any questions.

ACOTE can be contacted at 301-652-2682 (AOTA) or:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Dallas College OTA graduates will be eligible to sit for National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the student will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all 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.