The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree at Huertas College is an academic program that prepares students to serve as Occupational Therapy Assistants. This program aspires to graduate health allied professionals of the highest quality following the standards of practice of the profession in the different areas of competence to enable them to exercise the profession successfully in different work scenarios. In its educational philosophy the program incorporates the importance of the occupation and the potential of the of everyday living activities to promote health and well-being. The program is based on the science of human behavior and incorporates in its curriculum scientific and clinical evidence based practices. The Occupational Therapy Assistant restores, supports, and modifies the environment to reinsert the individual with physical or emotional challenges into everyday life. The Occupational Therapy Assistant intervenes in all areas of occupational performance through the implementation of treatment plans under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. All graduates of the program must take and approve licensing examination established by law to work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in Puerto Rico. They must submit to the Board of Examiners of Occupational Therapy the diploma or graduation certificate, an official transcript of credits, and Criminal Background Certificate from the Puerto Rico Police Department.

"The conviction for a serious crime may be an impediment to request a board certification examination or obtain the license issued by the Examining Board in P.R or U.S.”

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

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.

Students admitted to the program will be able to take the National Board Examination of the US, otherwise they may take the Puerto Rico Board examination (http://www.gobierno.pr). Address: GM Group 3er.floor; Urb. Caribe1590, Ponce de León St., Río Piedras, PR. Tel: (787) 999-8989, ORCPS 765.2929 Ext. 6530, 6637, JLDM 765.2929 Ext. 3467, 6640, 6550

The NBCOT pass rates can be found at: https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance. If you have any question regarding the National Board certification exam, please contact NBCOT at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. 12 South Summit Ave. Suite 100 Gaithersburg, MD 20877. (https://www.nbcot.org)

DATOS ESTADÍSTICOS GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT 2018-19

Graduation Year OTA of Number Pass Certification Exam Year Past Rate
2021 8/16 50%
2022 16/25 64%
2023 16/19 84%
     
     

 

*Students with projected graduation for 2020 & 2021 had delay secondary to COVID-19 pandemic situation (Delay in complete FW II practice).

For the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Test Pass Rate Results, please click in this link to see the passing rate of the Huertas College: https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance

Graduation Rates

Total of Student graduates during 3-year graduation available of period 2019-2022 by class

Year

Graduates* / (completed the program in 24 months)

Rate

Cohort Group 2019-2021**

10/25

40%

Cohort Group 2020-2022*** 13/30 43%
Cohort Group 2021-2023

14/28

50%

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

*Students with projected graduation for 2020 & 2021 had delays secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Delay in complete FW II practice).
**Two (2) students graduated in 36 months (150% of length program); graduated 2022.
***Two (2) students graduated in 36 months (150% of length program); graduated 2022 and 2 students were delayed because met pending requirements.

The Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Huertas College is currently accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’S telephone number is: (301)652-AOTA; email: hstagliano@aota.org; and website: (http://www.acoteonline.org). Students admitted to the program will be able to take the National Board Examination of the U.S., otherwise they may take the Puerto Rico Board examination (https://pr.gov). Information about National Board Examination (http://www.nbcot.org)

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its 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 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. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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Estimated Program Costs

The Institutional Catalog provides information regarding tuition costs, credit transcripts, and other general expenses.  The following itemization of expenses is only an estimate for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree Program.  For information regarding other institutional fees, such as enrollment cancelation and document duplicates, among others, students must refer to the Institutional Catalog (www.huertas.edu) or seek assistance in the Registrar's Office.

 

Description

Estimated Cost

6 semesters with a minimum of 12 credits

$4,210.00 per semester

Total: $25,380.00

Admission Application

$10.00

Uniforms

$100.00

Books and materials

$500.00

Practice Insurance

$20.00

Costs related to clinical practice (immunizations, certifications, transportation, etc.)

$500.00

Graduation

$75.00

Total estimated costs

$26,585.00