Occupational Therapy Aide Programs
Prospective students should be aware that occupational therapy aide programs are not eligible for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTEÒ) and a graduate of an occupational therapy aide program is not eligible to sit for the national exam to become certified as an occupational therapy assistant.
Occupational therapy aides are able to provide supportive services to the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. To become an occupational therapy assistant, an individual would need to graduate from an ACOTE-accredited occupational therapy assistant program, pass the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and attain licensure as required by the state. All available educational programs are listed on the following Web page: http://www.aota.org/Educate/Schools.aspx.