Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant

Application Filing Period

The application deadline was October 15th, 11:59 PM

Applications will be available in Fall 2022 for Cohort 3

About the OTA Program at Clovis Community College

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is 16 months in duration and designed to prepare students to develop skills, abilities, and professional skills essential for competent, entry level practice as a generalist in a variety of practice settings including, but not limited to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, school systems, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, or emergent areas of practice.

The 16-month OTA program is designed as a cohort model. One cohort is admitted annually and begins with the start of each Spring semester. Students advance through a designated sequence of program coursework and are required to complete supervised clinical fieldwork experiences* as a corequisite to academic coursework.

The 16-month OTA program is designed as a cohort model. One cohort is admitted annually and begins with the start of each Spring semester. Students advance through a designated sequence of program coursework. Additionally, students are required to complete supervised clinical fieldwork experiences as a corequisite to academic coursework and are integrated to complement learning.

Program and fieldwork requirements include the completion of fingerprinting, background check*, drug screening, physical examination, providing documented proof of immunizations, TB test clearance, and current a CPR certification for health personnel; Uniforms are required for didactic and fieldwork courses.

Developing Program: Candidacy Status and Accreditation Information Updates

The Clovis Community College associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before our graduates 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 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.

Candidacy Status Approval for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Clovis Community College:
ACOTE Accreditation Timeline: Anticipated Timing:
Candidacy Status Received March 2020
First Cohort Admitted Cohort Start January 2021
Initial Report of Self-Study Due July 2021
Pre-Accreditation Decision December 2021
First cohort begins Fieldwork II January 2022
Initial On-site evaluation March 2022
ACOTE Accreditation Decision April 2022
First Graduating Cohort May 2022
NBCOT exam eligibility May 2022
pending accreditation status granted

If ACOTE withholds accreditation due to the OTA program not being in substantial compliance with accreditation standards, all of the OTA core course units are void and non-transferrable to another institution. Should accreditation be withheld, the OTA program at Clovis Community College has the opportunity to appeal the decision. In the event of non-accreditation, the OTA program faculty will assist students in identifying other institutions of higher education in order to meet individual educational goals.

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant professional courses must be completed in the designated sequence and within 30 months of initial program start. Students must complete the 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Important Note: Individuals considering entering the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime will be unable to complete course and program objectives.  Applicants with a history of any matters that may flag a background check and/or drug screening should contact the OTA program director for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program

Contact Us

Erin Dolin | Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Program Director
(559) 325-6416 |

Helena Reed | Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Instructor
559-325-5412 |