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Updated 1 day ago

Are occupational therapy assistant job opportunities growing or declining? - 765 Replies

Yeah, hospitals are not immune from the rounds of cutbacks and layoffs in our healthcare industry. Take a look at this video. http://www.youtube.co...

SoccerGirl94 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

COTA school dismissal

I was dismissed from COTA school recently. I have completed all of my coursework and have FW placements remaining. Is there a possibility I could...

amandabri714 in Mcallen, Texas

Updated 23 days ago

COTA online programs/bridge programs for full time working adults? - 53 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...

Kim in Portland, Oregon

Updated 26 days ago

What do you enjoy most about your occupational therapy assistant career? - 118 Replies

What do you enjoy most about being an occupational therapy assistant? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many...

cori in Cypress, California

Updated 1 month ago

OTA Schooling, Where? - 104 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...

AuthorNCOTA in Fort Washington, Maryland

Updated 1 month ago

Salaries on the upper-right look kind of high. - 306 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...

Jolie in Little Silver, New Jersey

Updated 1 month ago

Eastwick college ota program - 54 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...

dadlynn in Tampa, Florida

Updated 1 month ago

what review books did you use for NBCOT exam? - 29 Replies

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

Positive in Bowling Green, Virginia

Updated 1 month ago

Should I try for COTA?? - 36 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...

Rhonda OTA in Dallas, Texas

Updated 1 month ago

Can't pass the NBCOT exam! HELP PLEASE - 6 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...

Kay in Crosby, Texas

Updated 3 months ago

can't decide between COTA or RN - 4 Replies

Hi there, I can't seem to decide between becoming and RN or OTA. I was a massage therapist for many years but burnt out from it. I think...


Updated 3 months ago

OTA or Nursing - 19 Replies

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

Chauchau in Easton, Pennsylvania

Updated 4 months ago

Grossmont College OTA (COTA) program 2017 - 2 Replies

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...

Karen in Manahawkin, New Jersey

Updated 4 months ago

OTA or PTA? - 9 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....

Kayla in Crosby, Texas

Updated 4 months ago

All I can think to say is "WOW" - 16 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...

Lorna in Westfield, Massachusetts

Updated 5 months ago

Advice from current COTAs (Occupational Therapy Assistants) - 6 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...

meg1995 in Pensacola, Florida

community vs private OTA program

Hi I'm currently looking into OTA schools and am curious which route is best. I have the option of a community college OTA program or an "actual"...

Davey in Austin, Texas

Updated 7 months ago

Cota jobs - 1 Reply

Daughter graduated top of her class, it has almost been tw years and she still has not found a cota job. Anyone out there hiring? We live in fla and...

jlat in Bergenfield, New Jersey

Updated 7 months ago

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

dmarsh1215 in Tyler, Texas

Updated 8 months ago

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

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

RatLover007 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Updated 8 months ago

Interview a OTA - 1 Reply

Hello my name is Rebecca Smith and I am doing a school report on careers and I would like to become an OTA.(I am going to be applying for the OTA...

JonJon OTAL in Arizona

Updated 9 months ago

Outlook for COTA to be lymphatic certified - 3 Replies

I have been a COTA for 2 years and relocated to Bay Area for work last year. I've been lucky enough to get a FT job at a SNF. Great. However, when I...

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?

JonJon OTAL in Arizona

Updated 11 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 11 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 13 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...

Carly in Denver, Colorado

Updated 14 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 15 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 16 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...

PreferredHS in San Diego, California

Updated 17 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 22 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 22 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 23 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 23 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 24 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 24 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...

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