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Updated 1 day ago

Are occupational therapy assistant job opportunities growing or declining? - 540 Replies

Got a call from a recruiter Friday asking me if I knew any PT's out there looking for work. He offered me a $5000 referral bonus if I could hook he...

Just me

Updated 4 days ago

Occupational Therapy Assistant or Medical Laboratory Technician? - 4 Replies

Occupational Therapy is a fake profession. It is way too broad which instructors say is the strength of the profession. They say "we have the ability...

SR01 in WO,NJ

Updated 4 days ago

Eastwick college ota program - 33 Replies

Hi Euridite, Thanks for the feedback. I am trying to decide if I want to attend in October and I have a few questions about the program. Can you...


Occupational Therapy Assistant as a midlife career change

I'm thinking of going for an OTA degree. This will be a mid life career change. It seems like this would be a rewarding, creative job that pays well...


Updated 19 days ago

What do you enjoy most about your occupational therapy assistant career? - 106 Replies

[QUOTE who="Sean in Tampa, Florida"]Try embalming. Relatively quiet work (people don't talk back to you), get to play dress up, creativity involved,...


Updated 29 days ago

Salaries on the upper-right look kind of high. - 292 Replies

I live in Colorado, but work in California because there are no jobs in Colorado and the pay is the lowest in the USA. New grad pay in Colorado is...

D Brown in Ormond Beach, Florida

Updated 1 month ago

what review books did you use for NBCOT exam? - 25 Replies

Hi, What review books did you use for passing NBCOT in the recent year? Any suggestions on study aids/tips/books? Thanks Mike


Updated 1 month ago

Finding an entry level job as a COTA - 1 Reply

[QUOTE who="OTAS in Green Bay, Wisconsin"]I live in an area saturated with OTA program graduates. It is almost impossible to find an entry level...

cmmill22 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Updated 1 month ago

Can't pass the NBCOT exam! HELP PLEASE - 3 Replies

I graduated in 2015 and was working with my limited permit in ny for some time. I been trying to pass this exam and took it 2 times but still no...

Wendy in Henderson, Nevada

Updated 1 month ago

Yeah! I'll be starting the program this fall! Does anyone have info... - 78 Replies

info(real-life)starting salary info for california? I also have a bachelors in journalism. I don't know what they base starting salaries on. Any...

Texascounty90 in Grand Prairie, Texas

Updated 2 months ago

Any grads/students of COTA at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX? - 3 Replies

Any thoughts on the program? Level of difficulty? Are most students able to work and attend the program simultaneously? Suggestions on how...

Jmr in Flushing, New York

Cota bridge program

Does anyone know of any bridge programs that are not held on Saturday. Preferably a Sunday program or an online program. Any help would be greatly...

Victoria in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Updated 2 months ago

OTA or Nursing - 13 Replies

I am finishing my Bachelors this summer and have been struggling with becoming a nurse or occupational therapy assistant. Previously, I attempted...

DDAY in Newark, Delaware

Looking for Cota NBCOT exam prep books/material

Hello, Does anyone have the official Cota NBCOT exam book they are not using anymore??

bstout11 in Lake Forest, California


Hello, I was interested in finding out if anyone is a COTA in CA that has graduated from a program, has received all the required licenses and...

Anitta in West Palm Beach, Florida

Updated 5 months ago

Keiser University - 40 Replies

I'm thinking of attending Keiser University for their OTA program, but I have not heard very good things about it. I hear that many companies don't...

Khang in Annandale, Virginia

Updated 5 months ago

Becoming an OTA - 1 Reply

This may be a long shot, but I am a new OTA student and am trying to learn a bit more about this field from real people. Additionally, I have an...

Khang in Annandale, Virginia

Updated 5 months ago

COTA salary in Las Vegas - 1 Reply

I live in Wisconsin and the pay for COTAs is pretty low compared to the national average. The BLS and another site have reported that COTAs in Las...

Khang in Annandale, Virginia

Updated 5 months ago

COTA Rate from NYC to NJ - 1 Reply

What is the going rate in NJ? Want to move back to New Jersey.

Khang in Annandale, Virginia

Updated 5 months ago

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - 2656 Replies

I have recently graduated this December from the OTA program and would like to move back to Wilmington, NC or the surrounding areas. I am eager to...

Bev in Chicago, Illinois

Updated 5 months ago

Taken Or Going To Take NBCOT COTA EXAM? - 14 Replies

I have my ATT letter. Don't know when I am going to take it. Who here taken in or will take it in the coming weeks/months?

goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

Updated 5 months ago

COTA online programs/bridge programs for full time working adults? - 47 Replies

Hi! Hope everyone is well. I am a year of college with a BA in Psychology/Sociology and with a full time job. I am very interested in getting my...

Sasha17 in Mississippi State, Mississippi


I'm stuck between OT/OTA. I want to pursue OT because I want to open my own practice one day, but I'm already $30,000 in dept from undergrad. With...

loo in Daytona Beach, Florida

AA...what BA

Since there are no online schools for a BA in OT how can people with an A.A. in OT get there BA? Without having to go to school for an extra year?...

Whitney from Louisiana

Updated 6 months ago

Survey - 1 Reply

Hey, everyone! I am currently studying to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. One of my assignments is to survey OTA's to get a better idea of...

leah in Antioch, Tennessee

Updated 7 months ago

OTA Student Accepted into OT program? - 6 Replies

Hi. I was just curious to see if anyone got accepted into an OT program while they were in an OTA student. I would love to go straight to OT...

OTA student123 in North Carolina

Updated 7 months ago

Do OTAs create the activities for the patients? - 1 Reply

I am very interested in pursuing a degree in an Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Specifically, I would like to work with children. I am a...

future ota in Waterville, Maine


Hi, I'm about to start taking my pre requisites for an OTA program at a local community college in Maine and I was just curious as to what the real...

Freebird96 in Winter park, Florida

Updated 8 months ago

I have a B.A. in Psychology and am considering OTA? From Maryland, would this be a good move? - 6 Replies

I currently have a B.A. in Psych and have been working at a psychiatric rehab facility for four years now and I am just not liking the field, very...

Freebird96 in Winter park, Florida

Updated 8 months ago

Should I try for COTA?? - 34 Replies

I am in my Junior year for my Psychology degree. I was hoping to start Grad school to become an OTR. Right now money is tight and I really need to...

lr_02 in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Updated 8 months ago

COTA Program at Rockland Community College. - 2 Replies

Has anyone here attended the OTA program at SUNY Rockland Community College in NY? I was just accepted and would like to hear from a student who can...

mas922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lack of jobs outside of SNF

Hi everyone, I am a COTA looking for input and advice. I have been a COTA for less than 5 years but cannot stand working in a SNF. Perhaps this...

Antmart in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Updated 9 months ago

Regret OT - Going to CLS - 2 Replies

I have been a COTA for 9 months now and abhor it. I had doubts going in, while in school, during fieldwork (didn't enjoy it), and while working. I...

Denzel in West Covina, California

American career college OTA program?

Have any of you graduated from their program and if so, how are you doing now? I'm very concerned about finding employment right after I graduate...

Denzel in West Covina, California

When did you get a job after graduating an OTA program?

After graduating from an OTA program, how quickly did you pass the board exam and was able to start working as an OTA? I'm concerned that I have very...

dreamgirl1 in saint Martinville, Louisiana

Updated 9 months ago

OTA or PTA? - 8 Replies

Down here the local CC does not have and OTA or PTA program...it's only at Pima Medical Institute or Brown Mackie. Both are incredibly expensive....

Magiceye in Falls Church, Virginia

How hard IS the NBCOT COTA exam really?

Hello, Was wondering what you all thought about the difficulty level of the cota exam. I'm studying the purple book and the green therapyed book....

SilverHawks80 in Houston, Texas

HCC Coleman OTA program

Anyone one applying to the OTA program for this 2016 fall semester? Would like to know more about the interview process… does everyone get one? How...

Shinybluedolphin in Illinois

Eastwicks's Occupational therapy assistant program

Can someone please tell me about this program? I am strongly considering it, but i am wondering if it is worth it as it's very costly. Has anyone...

OTA dreams in Astoria, New York

Anyone is going to Mercy College for OTA?

living in NYC its super hard to find a OTA school that is close to home and work. LaGuardia is not even an option for me since it has a 3 year...

Marie in Springfield, Pennsylvania

Updated 12 months ago

Demand for OTAs in NJ - 7 Replies

Currently there are no OTA schools in NJ. When checking indeed there seem to be a lot of jobs in NJ. Rutgers and Eastwick College have programs in...

Antmart in Bronx, New York

Updated 12 months ago

OTA at LaGuardia Community College - 49 Replies

Anyone have any information on the COTA / OTA program at CUNY LaGuardia Community College?

Jacki in Westfield, Massachusetts

Updated 13 months ago

There are too many COTAs in upstate SC-can't find a job. Plus OTAs are just glorified CNAs! - 75 Replies

If you are someone who is looking to go get a degree in OTA, don't do it! There is an over abundance of OTAs in the greenville SC area and everyone...

Angevil in Miami, Florida

PTA vs OTA in Florida

Hi, I was wondering if someone could shed some light on PTA vs OTA program which one is better and have better opportunities to get a job...

atxCOTA in Austin, Texas

Updated 14 months ago

Washington COTA's couple of ?'s - 2 Replies

Hello, I am currently living in Orange County, CA and the market for COTA's is dwindled to PRN and very very infrequent. I am trying to move to...

atxCOTA in Austin, Texas

Updated 14 months ago

Highest paying gig as a COTA? - 1 Reply

Hello! I'm in the northern Virginia/DC area about to graduate. What are the highest paying jobs for a COTA?

atxCOTA in Austin, Texas

Updated 14 months ago

COTA/OTR , PTA/ PTD pay in nursing home in california or Texas - 1 Reply

I have been working in texas and california nursing home and home health if you are getting paid less than this you are not in right place or you...

Maddie in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Changing from OTR to OTA?

Is it possible to apply to OTA jobs when you're a licensed OTR?

Maddie in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Changing carerr to OTR to OTA

If you're a licensed OT, could you apply for OTA jobs?

Eddiebee in San Jose, California

Updated 15 months ago

NBCOT exam - 7 Replies

I'm scheduled to take the exam soon. I've been studying and taking practice tests and doing well, but I'm still very nervous. Anyone have any...

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