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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Information Session

Important Note: Attending a face-to-face OTA Information Session is mandatory in the 12 months prior to applying to this program. The online presentation does NOT take the place of the in-person Information Session. You are required to include the code provided at the in-person session on your application as proof of completion.

In-Person Sessions
It is important to arrive on time; otherwise, it will be necessary to attend another information session. Please do not bring children. Times are subject to change. Please check back for cancellations.

January 21, 2015 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 353
February 18, 2015 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 353
March 25, 2015 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 353
April 22, 2015 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 353
May 20, 2015 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 353
June 9, 2015 Tues, noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 352
July 14, 2015 Tues, noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 352
August 11, 2015 Tues, noon - 1:30 p.m. Room 352

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202. Students may also register for a MEC Exchange Virtual Advising Workshop.

Phone: 703.822.6570, Medical Education Campus, Room 302


About the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to prepare students with entry-level skills to provide rehabilitative services to persons with psychosocial, physical, and developmental impairments. Occupational therapy assistants, under the guidance and supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR/L), work with individuals to help them improve their functional capacities to participate in self-care, work, and leisure pursuits.

The degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a full-time, five-semester sequential curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Special Accreditation Status: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Northern Virginia 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and ACOTE’s website can be found at Upon graduation, students 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 could affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students who are interested in the NOVA OTA Program are encouraged to attend a face-to-face information session and follow the steps in preparation for competitive placement into the OTA Program. Competitive eligibility does not guarantee admission.