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atxCOTA in Austin, Texas

Updated 17 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 18 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...

Antmart in Bronx, New York

New to SNF learning curve?

I am a recent grad and it's already been a month at the snf I'm working at. I had no idea what I was doing going in. I am still behind. My...


Updated 22 months ago

what have you heard about Brown Mackie in Fenton Mo? - 1 Reply

have heard anything about this school? Good? Bad? I am trying to get in an OTA school, but I have heard some scary things about this school.

PTAorOTA in Detroit, Michigan

What is easier COTA or PTA school?

I am very interested in the rehabilitation process and I want to know what is typically considered easier OTA or PTA school? I'm currently debating...

KParks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

From OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant ) to PA (Physician's Assistant)

I am currently pursuing my associates and in a 16 month program to become an OTA. I originally planned to continue my education afterwards and go all...

Researcher in Toronto, Ontario

Colleges in Canada offering OTA training

Hi there, Did you train to be an OTA at a college in Canada? I'm looking for people who trained for their careers through programs offered at private...

T Bol in San Diego, California

Updated 23 months ago

Santa Ana OTA program - 5 Replies

Anyone graduated from there or are going there now? I see they werent taking application for a year or two and are starting again this year. They...

WinnieMC in Costa Mesa, California

Does the college matter

Do any OTA's know if the school you graduate from matters much to a employer for OTA? Because I could wait and try to apply to the community colleges...

MSGIBSON in Phoenix, Arizona

OT Practioner Interview!!!

I would like to interview an OT or COTA for an assignment. Its a ten question interview. It will be very brief. Any takers?

Psmith92789 in Manchester, Connecticut

Updated 27 months ago

Occupational Therapy assistant? - 20 Replies

I've been considering becoming an occupational therapy assistant for awhile now but after reading pages upon pages of negative comments about the...

Rae2013 in Deltona, Florida

Updated 27 months ago

Interest in OTA program at Herring U in Winter Park, FL?? - 1 Reply

There are several OTA programs near Orlando and Tampa, but I'm trying to gauge interest around the area for possibly beginning a program at Herzing...

Joe Gagill1 in Key West, Florida

Updated 28 months ago

Leaving a Position - 2 Replies

I want to leave a position, however the manager to whom I want to deliver my resignation is never in the office. Everyone tells me to wait to talk in...

Frankie in Seffner, Florida

OTA program at Polk State College in Florida

Hey folks, So after graduating with a degree in Public Relations back in 2011 from USF, and working these past few years in the Marketing field,...

jackie summerville in Yorktown, Virginia

Updated 30 months ago

OTA Schooling, Where? - 103 Replies

Im trying to find a school to go to for Occupational Therapy Assistant and I keep hitting a dead end. I need it in the Denver area or online...

ststudent in alexandria, Virginia

Is home healthcare hard to get into as a new OTA grad?

I'll graduate as an OTA soon & was wondering what field of OT pays the most. I heard it's home Heathcare. Any ideas? My preference is working w...

gaynellh in Aurora, Colorado

Updated 33 months ago

Worried about being 'overqualified' for COTA job? Please help! - 4 Replies

Hi, I currently have a Master's in Special Education, but I find that I can't handle the stress of teaching anymore. I have been really interested in...

Running1987 in Waterbury, Connecticut

Updated 33 months ago

Considering OTA and in need of some feedback - 1 Reply

Hi, considering going for OTA and working my way up with education into a OT. I have five to six year's of experience in the health field and up two...

joy2theworld in Mattoon, Illinois

COTA - how much heavy lifting of patients?

I'm thinking of going for COTA, but how much heavy lifting & transferring of patients does the job actually entail? I know it depends on whether you...

Sarahn in Colchester, Connecticut

Is 60,000 alot of money for school for OTA?

I really want to be a OTA, I know the community college offers the program for A LOT less but the program only takes a certain amount of students and...

shayzee in San Angelo, Texas

Need advice on OTA programs -PLEASE!!!!

I am in dire need of some assistance and direction. My background: I have a BS in Psychology (graduated in 1996) and my work history has mainly been...

Vanessa1234 in Evansville, Indiana

OTA College Interview

I have applied for an OTA program and I was wondering if anyone could give me pointers on the interview. I have a 3.9 GPA so I'm mostly worried about...

John Doe in Jersey City, New Jersey

COTA Recruitment

I am a Rehabilitation Recruitment Coordinator in Buffalo New York and I am having extreme difficulty in finding COTAs. If anyone can give me...

LoriS in Tucson, Arizona

Updated 36 months ago

COTA career path - 1 Reply

Hello. I am currently pursuing my AS degree for COTA. I intend to continue my education after completing my AS and finding work. My question...

Jessica in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Updated 38 months ago

CNA vs COTA - 24 Replies

I have been an agency CNA for 5 years now. While I have enjoyed immensely helping folks out, much of the treatment and low pay of CNAs leaves a very...

Susan in San Jose, California

Updated 38 months ago

OTA to OT reality not theory? - 1 Reply

so long winded question and I need some good practical advice. im currently in an OTA program in nj that looks like its getting accreditation. I...

plronald2006@*****.*** in Orlando, Florida

Updated 39 months ago

Occupational Therapy Salary Range? - 10 Replies

Im in the process of looking into beginning a new career and have been strongly considering becoming a COTA. I have been researching and have found...

Heather Lopez in Arlington, Texas

OTA vs PTA, which is a better certification if I want to work in a pediatic setting?

Hello all, I am considering applying to the PTA program at a local community college. I have done a ton of research, and I have been working on the...

Tammy in Cleveland, Ohio


What's the going rate for an experienced prn cota in Cleveland?

NT in Brooklyn, New York

Rates for EI home care in NY

Hey fellow COTAs, I've got an interview with a homecare agency in two weeks and I wanted to ask if anyone would know what the average rates for EI...

SW23 in Jacksonville, Florida

Updated 42 months ago

Changes to the NBOT? - 1 Reply

Hey all. I took the NBCOT back in July of 2013 and unfortunately didn`t pass. Missed it by 5 points. I`ve heard from the NBCOT face book site that...

PossibleOTA in Cerritos, California

Updated 43 months ago

All I can think to say is "WOW" - 13 Replies

I was set on a career as an OTA. I knew what school I'd be attending, funding was set and I had my classes lined up. That is, until I read this...

kabd in Greenwich, Connecticut

Updated 43 months ago

Is this a good plan to become an OTA? - 2 Replies

Hi everyone. Alright, I'm fresh out of high school and I've decided to become an OTA as I believe it'll be a great job for me. I was originally...

TBMFL in Tampa, Florida

Updated 45 months ago

Questions about Cota career - 3 Replies

I am thinking about pursuing a career as a Cota, because I enjoy helping people. Before going to school for this career I have a couple of...

Neal in Denver, Colorado


Hello, I am considering a career change and looking into PT or OT. The problem is that I live in Colorado where the only OT program is...

Lisandra in San Leandro, California

Updated 46 months ago

Is occupational therapy assistant a good career - 1 Reply

I am considering becoming an occupational therapy assistant. I have done lots of research and it seems like a fun career. I love working with...

Bluetea in Texas

Updated 47 months ago

How to get Volunteer hours for ota school. - 1 Reply

Last year i called rehab centers up and tried to get some hours for ota. None of them seemed that interested. How do I go about getting these hours?...

OTgirl31 in Roselle, New Jersey

Updated 47 months ago

Want to become an OT but I'm not good enough. - 1 Reply

Long story short, graduated from a university with a liberal arts degree I'm not fond of and Occupational Therapy (specifically, being a OT with a...

Renee in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Updated 47 months ago

occupational therapy assistant schools in VA - 1 Reply

I just moved to VA and thinking about Tidewater community college for octa. Can someone from VA please tell me what your grades were like for...

Shelia Barker in Texas

Updated 47 months ago

COTA Program or MOT? - 5 Replies

I currently have a degree in Psychology. I took a year off to decide what I want to do with my degree and have decided to do Occupational Therapy....

Stacie in Tampa, Florida

Chronic Health issues? Can I still be a OTA?

I am planning on becoming an OTA. I am suppossed to start the program soon, but I am worried if I can do it. The past couple of months my health has...

Stacie in Orlando, Florida

insurance for school question

So, I am supposed to be starting my OTA program soon. Question, does the program require us to have health insurance? And if so, what if you can not...

Marie in Ocean View, New Jersey

Updated 48 months ago

anyone have any experience with Mercer County College PTA program? - 1 Reply

just like my question says, im looking into MCC pta program along with Union County College. Can anyone chime in on their experience with these...

Vanny in Toronto, Ontario

OTA / PTAs in Canada

Hi Does anyone know the average salary for OTA/PTA in Toronto or at least Canada. I am looking to possibly get into this field as Masters is...

ota new grad in Sarasota, Florida

Updated 50 months ago

State College of Florida for OTA? Venice vs Bradenton? - 4 Replies

Hi, just wondering if there are any graduates or students that have went or are going to State College of Florida? thoughts? Venice campus is closer...

Dolphins fan in Mn in Winona, Minnesota

Thinking of a career in OTA

I am looking into a career as an OTA. I live in SE Mn and Rochester MN is close by. Mayo clinic is literally taking over the town so it is a health...

croberts141 in Fort Myers, Florida

OTA that began in hand clinic and now having troubles changing practice areas.

Hi, I'm an COTA in Southwest florida. I graduated back in 08 and have worked in specialized hand clinic for five years and loved it! but due to...

Healthcare Admin NY in NY, New York

Reimbursment of PTA'S and COTA'S

Hi, I was wondering if any one could shed light on how PTA's and COTA's are being reimbursed in outpatient settings under medicaid or medicare in...

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