All eligible 2016 certification candidates who are graduates in Philadelphia University’s occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program have passed the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT), the national certification body for occupational therapy professionals in the United States.
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said D.R. Widder, vice president of innovation at PhilaU and the Steve Blank Innovation Chair. “It’s an entirely external measure of the quality of the program and fulfills the promise that a PhilaU education prepares you for your profession and gives you a high return on investment. Most of all, this success is a testament to the dedication and skill of Marianne Dahl, director of the OTA program, and her faculty.”
The primary purpose of awarding the NBCOT credential—the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)—is to serve the public interest by certifying only those people who have the necessary knowledge of occupational therapy to practice, according to the agency.
“In order to practice as an occupational therapy assistant in any of the 50 states, you must hold a license issued by that state,” Dahl said. “States have similar but not identical requirements for obtaining a license; however, all require initial certification. We’re very proud of our OTA graduates who are well prepared to obtain a license to practice in any state as evidenced by this well-earned pass rate.”