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Accreditation/ACOTE & NBCOT 

OTA Program Mission

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is to prepare students for entry-level work in the field of occupational therapy and to enhance the professional’s skills to meet the ever-changing community needs.

OTA Program Vision

The Fox Valley Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will be recognized as the gold standard for occupational therapy assistant education that exemplifies a student-centered philosophy of interactive learning.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program strives to promote cutting edge learning experiences and state-of-the-art programming which reflects ethical, progressive and diverse approaches in a variety of practice arenas.

Occupational therapy empowers life-long learning to meet the ever-changing needs of the OT community. The OT community values: community collaboration, exemplary student and alumni and faculty commitment.

Accreditation and Awards

The Occupational Therapy 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.  AOTA's phone number is 301-652-2682 and its Web address is

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  Students who have been convicted of a felony may not be able to sit for the national certification exam.  For further information on this, prospective students should contact NBCOT (see contact information below).

FVTC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. FVTC maintains its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. FVTC has been NCA-accredited since 1970.

NBCOT Results

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) is the nationally accredited certification board for occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists in the US.  After graduation from an accredited OTA program such as FVTC, the next step is to take the national exam to attain the COTA certification credentials.  The passing rate for the last 3 years is as follows:

YearNumber of Program GraduatesNumber of First-time Test TakersNumber of Graduates Who Passed the ExamPercentage of First-time Test Takers Who Passed the Exam
 2011 42 23 17 74%
 2012 37 34 28 82%
 2013 29 33 28
 Total 3-year
 9073 80.3%

Please visit the NBCOT site for current results of Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs and their program performance on the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

Results can be found using this link:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
800 S. Frederick Avenue, Ste. 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150

Tel: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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