Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, the student must complete the following:

  1. Meet the graduation policies as stated in the Rowan-Cabarrus Catalog and Student Handbook.
  2. Earn a cumulative program GPA of 2.0 (“C”).
  3. Meet competency standard/progression program requirements.
  4. Meet the course residency requirements of taking and passing at least twenty-five percent of the course requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
  5. Complete all courses specified for the OTA curriculum in accordance with the curriculum sequence for OTA-prefix courses. Non-OTA prefix courses may be taken in advance of entering the program, as long as state prerequisites are met for each course. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all courses are within the curriculum sequence, are current, and meet state corequisite requirements.
  6. Graduation eligibility will be determined by the Registrar’s office. Notifications will go out mid-semester (and after the second minimester) to students who have a pending or completed graduation status.
  7. Refer to Graduation Eligibility for current details.
  8. Fulfill all financial obligations with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
  9. Students must complete all Level II fieldwork with 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
  10. Also note:
  • In order to obtain a job as an OTA, one must become certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed by the state in which one practices.
  • Graduates of the program may be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy COTA Exam.
  • A felony conviction may affect the ability to participate in fieldwork during the program, sit for the certification exam, or obtain licensure.