The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Graduates of the program can sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), which is required for licensure and employment in the state of Wisconsin. [NBCOT Program Pass Rate](https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx). The national pass rate in 2014 was 82%. In 2014, FVTC graduates had a pass rate of 96%.
You will be required to complete a criminal background check for this program. Agencies and organizations have the legal right to deny fieldwork experience based on a crime committed that is substantially related to the care of others. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history prevents you from completing any on-site experience. Anyone convicted of a felony may not be able to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination upon graduation.
You will be required to submit a copy of your Certified Background Check report (includes the Caregiver Background Check(CBC) and the Criminal History Record Check) to the OTA department after you are registered in the Introduction to Occupational Therapy (10-514-171) course.
There is an estimated wait time of up to two years AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.
Your program requires that you complete General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) which has the following prerequisite: ACCPL Read >= 80 OR ACT Read >= 20 OR for programs requiring TEAS a Composite >= 50 OR Program Prep; ACCPL Sentence >= 83 OR ACT Engl >=18 OR for programs requiring TEAS a Composite >= 50 OR Program Prep; and 2 semesters of HS Chemistry OR Gen Chemistry (10-806-134) with C or better.
Students must submit a Health History Form, including required immunizations, to the FVTC Health Services office (A164) by the start of occupational specific coursework; to access the form, please go to www.fvtc.edu/healthservices