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Help others live life to its fullest as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

NSCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program provides active classroom instruction and extensive field experience in the technical theory and practice of occupational therapy with individuals and populations across the life span within various service delivery models.

Coursework offers students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for employment as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant in a variety of institutional and community-based settings. Job opportunities are available in rehabilitation facilities, general hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, public school systems, and various community programs servicing those with or at risk for health related problems and dysfunction. 

We are offering the Traditional Option only at this time:

Priority Application Deadline | February 15, 2022

Next Steps

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If you have questions related to program admissions or applications, please contact or call 978-762-4188.

If you have program advising related questions, please contact or call 978-762-4160.

Program Requirements

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NBCOT Certification Examination Performance

For information pertaining to the most recent performance results of NSCC OTA graduates on the national certification examination please visit this secure NBCOT link.

Graduation Rate 

2018 - 2020 Graduation Data

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 37/15 41% ** (COVID disruption)
2019 28/26 93%
2018 28/26 93%
TOTAL 93/67 72% ** (COVID disruption 2020)

** Note: COVID-19 Pandemic prevented completion of Level II FW for 20 of the 37 students who were intending to graduate in 2020 with graduation now expected in 2021.  Two of the initially enrolled 37 students withdrew from the program before COVID.  The remaining 15 students graduated in 2020.

Additional Information

Further information about certification exam performance, employment rates and clinical performance of graduates as evaluated by employers is available upon request by contacting:

Maureen Nardella
Department Chair, OTA Program
Phone: 978-762-4176
Email: maureen.nardella@


North Shore Community College's associate-degree-level Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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

Phone: 301-652-2682


Graduates of the program 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, 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. 


ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage. 

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