"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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. 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://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. 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. (http://www.nbcot.org)
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* 2 Students newly enrolled in 2016 returned to the program in academic year 2018.
** 3 Students newly enrolled in 2017. The approximate date of graduation is 2020.