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Updated 1 day ago

Cota jobs - 1 Reply

As you know, Florida is saturated. Most of the COTAs that lived in Florida moved to Texas for work. Now, Texas is saturated as well. California, New...


Updated 3 days ago

Is this a good plan to become an OTA? - 3 Replies

[QUOTE who="gmc in Spring Valley, New York"]I'm 25 and I'm starting my COTA program in the fall at my community college . I sometimes would like to...


Updated 10 days ago

Are occupational therapy assistant job opportunities growing or declining? - 629 Replies

Tim- I'm really looking forward to those stores. Must have been nice to come to work every morning with a smile on your face not having to worry...


Updated 1 month ago

OTA or Nursing - 16 Replies

[QUOTE who="Otaprospec in El Paso, Texas"]I was in the same boat was a male cna gave meds etc for 3 yrs had my heart set on nursing but more and more...


Updated 1 month ago

All I can think to say is "WOW" - 15 Replies

I feel for you. I just left the field a few months ago after being replaced by one OTR after another. Got tired of bouncing around from one job to...


Updated 1 month ago

COTA online programs/bridge programs for full time working adults? - 50 Replies

[QUOTE who="goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida"]Yes I did! I started in June 2014 and i'm loving it so far! We do labs once a month and everything...


Updated 1 month ago

Any grads/students of COTA at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX? - 5 Replies

I'm not a recent grad, but I am applying for the OTA program this year.. any information would be appreciated.


Updated 1 month ago

What do you enjoy most about your occupational therapy assistant career? - 111 Replies

[QUOTE who="Divina in Purcell, Oklahoma"]Hello! I know this post was such a long time ago, but I was wondering if I could reach out to you about the...


Updated 1 month ago

Interview a OTA - 2 Replies

Recently Graduated OTA Interview Questions below: What classes that you have taken have been of greatest benefit to you? What recommendations do...


Updated 2 months ago

Can't pass the NBCOT exam! HELP PLEASE - 5 Replies

You need to check with the NBCOT. They are your best resource. In this day and age, a lot of new grads have two take it multiple times before they...


Updated 2 months ago

Outlook for COTA to be lymphatic certified - 3 Replies

And you're lucky if they let you do ADLs in California. I agree that SNFs are about the only places to work in California, but Arizona's not much...

Jmumley in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Saturation of COTA positions

What are your thoughts on the position of COTA being saturated? With a COTA degree, what other roles in healthcare an a COTA fill?

Dragonwings in Spring Valley, New York

Updated 2 months ago

Eastwick college ota program - 49 Replies

I just started eastwick college ota program. Seems great so far but the program is I'm developing stage. I've been told it will almost certainly get...

1lizzy in Santee, California

Updated 3 months ago

Grossmont College OTA (COTA) program 2017 - 1 Reply

I am working towards the Grossmont College OTA program and will be done with my Pre-reqs by summer 2018, i was wondering if anyone has attempted to...

wrota in Boston, Massachusetts

Updated 3 months ago

Salaries on the upper-right look kind of high. - 301 Replies

Hi: I've been looking at different websites and the OOH for information about COTA salaries. The numbers on the forum look more like OT salaries...

Millie in Jacksonville, Florida

Updated 3 months ago

Should I try for COTA?? - 35 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...

JonJon OTAL in Arizona

Updated 4 months ago

salaries in gig harbor - 1 Reply

I can tell you without any doubt, the salaries posted on this board for COTAs in Gig Harbor are absolutely over inflated. SNFs pay more. There are...

Davey in Austin, Texas

Updated 4 months ago

Yeah! I'll be starting the program this fall! Does anyone have info... - 81 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...

lalabski in Wilmington, Delaware

Can I interview a current COTA on this?

Hello all! I am currently an OT student and need to interview a COTA through an online platform for a class to discuss the roles of an OT vs. an...

APortillo in North Las Vegas, Nevada

COTA questions-Pima Medical Institute & Pay in Las Vegas

I have a couple of questions. I would like some feedback from anyone who has attended & graduated from Pima Medical Institute for COTA? Pima here in...

Davey in Austin, Texas

Updated 6 months ago

Keiser University - 42 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...

milehighcota in Indio, California

Updated 6 months ago

Advice from current COTAs (Occupational Therapy Assistants) - 5 Replies

Anyone in Tennessee that can comment on the job outlook? Are there full time jobs available, or is it only PRN work? I really need a career that...

Carly in Denver, Colorado

Updated 7 months ago

COTAs in Hand Therapy - 2 Replies

Hello everyone, My name is Carly and I am currently an OTA student in Denver, CO. I am about to finish classes and start with my first clinical...

Joanmarie in Landenberg, Pennsylvania

COTA jobs in Oregon

I am relocating from Pennsylvania to Oregon,(Portland area) to be closer to family. I currently work as a school based COTA and was hoping to find a...

alicia in Stockton, California

Updated 8 months ago

AA...what BA - 1 Reply

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?...

alicia in Stockton, California

COTA Degree's, AS/BS + from where? OTR/L Degree's + from where?

Few parts to this forum: 1) Does anyone know of any bachelor programs for Occupational Therapy Assisting in Northern Cali or anywhere? It seems like...

Just me in Easley, South Carolina

Updated 9 months ago

Occupational Therapy Assistant or Medical Laboratory Technician? - 4 Replies

Hi there, Thank you for this great board - it's very interesting and helpful to see what those with experience have to say about the real world. I...

Yr2change in Los Angeles, California

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...

D Brown in Ormond Beach, Florida

Updated 10 months 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

PreferredHS in San Diego, California

Updated 10 months ago

Finding an entry level job as a COTA - 1 Reply

I live in an area saturated with OTA program graduates. It is almost impossible to find an entry level COTA position unless you do prn work. I am...

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...

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...

Khang in Annandale, Virginia

Updated 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 15 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?

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...

Whitney from Louisiana

Updated 15 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 16 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 16 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 17 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...

lr_02 in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Updated 17 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 18 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 18 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....

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