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Pertinent  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Information




   This two-year program prepares students to become entry-level practitioners in the Occupational Therapy profession. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA/COTA) provides comprehensive OT services under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT/OTR). OTA's are valued members of the health care team. They assist people of all ages and walks of life to maximize engagement and participation in desired and expected daily life activities through the use of occupations. KVCC has the only OTA program in the State of Maine. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.  Occupational Therapy Assistants must attain and maintain their own license in Maine. 



   Applicants to the OTA program should be aware that a criminal background check and Department of Education fingerprinting  is required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field.  Certain service learning/fieldwork/ practicum sites, such as health care facilities, will most likely limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record.  State licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). For students to successfully complete the OTA program, they must be capable of performing the essential skills of the OTA student at KVCC, including professional and critical thinking skills with or without reasonable accommodations.



Upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, a graduate is expected to:

  1. Successfully pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
  2. Demonstrate the use of professional values consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association Core Values and Ethics Statements, that allow them to function ethically and responsibly by demonstrating tolerance and respect for diversity of culture, age, gender, and ability.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication with clients, families, supervisors, and other members of their work environment using cultural competence.
  4. Employ critical thinking, logic, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity within their scope of professional practice.
  5. Participate in lifelong learning and professional competency activities as they relate to occupational therapy practice and professional choices.
  6. Demonstrate entry level competence as an Occupational Therapy assistant.



The OTA program at KVCC provides students with technical knowledge and skills and promotes the facilitation of professionalism in order that graduates may be competent OT professionals. These outcomes will be evidenced as graduates:

  1. Enter the Occupational Therapy profession prepared to work competently at entry level of practice.
  2. Are eligible for certification by the NBCOT.
  3. Are eligible for licensure by the State of Maine and/or chosen state of practice.
  4. Incorporate values and attitudes congruent with the profession's standards and ethics into practice.
  5. Provide occupational therapy services with necessary supervision in collaboration with occupational therapists and members of the health care community.
  6. Implement a variety of effective communication skills when interacting with peers, clients, family members, and other health care providers.
  7. Utilize individual creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in all OT transactions and interventions.
  8. Employ meaningful, culturally relevant, age suitable occupation as the focus of practice.
  9. Articulate and promote awareness and understanding of the profession of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Assistant's role within the profession to individuals with varied knowledge of the profession.
  10. Assume responsibility for continued learning and skills development in Occupational Therapy practice to maintain service competency & currency with best practice.
  11. Participate in the evaluation, planning, and implementation and outcome satisfaction under the supervision of an OT.
  12. Participate in a systematic, ongoing evaluation of the OTA program to ensure quality of education.
  13. Promote health, wellbeing, and participation in life through engagement in occupation for all people who have or are at risk of developing an illness, disability, condition or restriction in occupational performance.


   Students who have been accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must:

  1. Agree to work with an outside agency to collect, document, and track required personal healthcare information (immunization status, BLS/CPR, healthcare background checks, etc.) as required by the OTA program. Each student is responsible for the cost of this service. Students are required to meet the OTA program’s deadlines for developing and maintaining a current personal healthcare information portfolio.
  2. Have professional liability insurance and healthcare insurance.
  3. Have internet access for email, online/blackboard enhanced coursework and/or discussion.
  4. Purchase required books and a KVCC/OTAS identification pin.
  5. Be capable of performing the essential skills and functions of the OTA student at KVCC with or without reasonable accommodations.

   All OTA students must assume personal responsibility for attaining and maintaining the necessary immunizations, background check/fingerprinting and transportation and/or other living costs to and from statewide fieldwork education sites.



   Upon completing the OTA program, graduates:

  • are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam (NBCOT• ®) {National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 301-990-7979, FAX 301-869-8492}
  • are required to be licensed to work in the State of Maine. {Board of OT Practice, Office of Licensing and Registration, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; 207-624-8603;} (A felony conviction may restrict an individual from obtaining certification and/or licensure.)
  • receive Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification based on the educational competencies developed in the OTA program.



Graduates can work many populations:

Children and youth • Education • Health and Wellness • Mental Health • Productive Aging • Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation • Work and industry



  • Hospitals 
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health Facilities 
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Schools 
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities Programs
  • Child Development Programs
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Community Home Health Agencies
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation  



Accessibility & Home Modification • Employment supports •Ergonomics & Workplace Health • Older Driver Assessment • Alzheimer’s disease and caregiver training • Low-vision rehabilitation • End of Life care • Assisted Living and Aging in Place •Technology and Assistive-device Assessment and intervention • Health and wellness coaching • Community mental health partnerships • Obesity • Independent Living Skills/Community Reintegration





   Students must complete 70 credits in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, achieve a minimum grade of "C," or "PASS" criteria, in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.00 or higher.


 Program Contact

Diane Sauter-Davis MA, OTR/L FAOTA
OTA Program Director
(207) 453-5172 

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