Occupational Therapy Assistant

What is Occupational Therapy? Print Email

Occupational Therapy is a skilled profession which enables people of any social circumstance, age, ability, injury and/or disease to engage in meaningful life activities-the OCCUPATIONS of life (MeOTA, 2010). Occupational Therapy practitioners (Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants) use therapeutic strategies to promote participation in life roles and improve life situations at home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.  Occupational Therapy practitioners promote health and wellness to those who are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. 

OTA Program

This two-year program prepares students to become entry-level practitioners in the Occupational Therapy profession. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA/COTA) provides comprehensive OT services under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT/OTR). OTA's are valued members of any thriving professional team. In KVCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant program you will learn how to help others to "unlock their potential".  You will learn how to be  facilitator of positive change.   

  • KVCC has the only OTA program in the State of Maine. Students graduate with an AAS (associates in applied science) degree in occupational therapy assistant.
  • The OTA Program 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
                                                (301) 652-2682    |   www.acoteonline.org  

  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. 
  • The OTA program maximizes student learning by providing: excellent foundational OT information, "just right" educational challenges, learning opportunities for growth within a supportive environment, and academic and fieldwork experiences to support development in creative problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Graduates receive the MHRT/C credential
  •  The OTA program is challenging and prepares the graduate for 21st century OTA practice.  Learning is a balance of lecture and and "hands on".  


Are you:

Interested in scientific inquiry, creative, excited about problem solving, dependable, organized, people-focused, flexible, goal oriented, dedicated to a job well done and ready to work hard to achieve your professional goal?

Do You:    

Like a challenge, have a positive attitude, work well as a team player, demonstrate a healthy work ethic, initiate your own learning?

If So:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program might be the program for you!   

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 Program Contact

Julie Larouche, OTD, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
(207) 453-5023


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