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Occupational Therapy Assistant

University of Charleston's associate degree in occupational therapy assistant provides students with a strong hands-on background in the methods and techniques of occupational therapy. Students who excel in the program are creative individuals with a strong interest in health care. 

The OTA program at UC has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) since 1999, under the sponsorship of Mountain State University. On January 1, 2013 the University of Charleston became the new institutional sponsor for the OTA Program and the program is fully accredited.

Why choose UC for OTA?

Unique. University of Charleston offers the longest running fully accredited OTA program in West Virginia, and our program is designed for maximum flexibility. Students who cannot attend classes on a full-time basis are able to complete the program on a part-time schedule.

Active student organization. The UC student OTA group is very active and travels to national OTA conventions on a regular basis. Our students are our best ambassadors to the community, and we send them out proudly.

Award-winning faculty and staff. Our Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the OTA program was awarded with the West Virginia "2011 Elizabeth Devereaux Lectureship." She delivered the Elizabeth Devereaux Lecture during the 2012 conference.  Our Program Director has also been honored with the award. She received the "2005 Elizabeth Devereaux Lectureship" in West Virginia. With over 25 years of OT experience, she is a frequent presenter at national conventions.

Good practice opportunities. We keep the size of our classes small, so as you move from book-learning to hands-on, you gain real experience. Multiple sections of the hands-on portions of our classes ensure that you'll get enough time to practice the various methods and techniques.

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Harper Business Park
167 Dye Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

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Accreditation Information

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Ln. Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877