Program Mission Statement
Our mission is to train occupational therapy assistant generalists who are recognized as meeting the needs of their community as competent entry-level practitioners, using occupation to promote health and participation in daily life.
- We encourage access to adult students who have diverse backgrounds and educational experience.
- We seek to maximize student success (opportunity, mastery of skills, and satisfaction) through excellent, innovative learning practices and up-to-date technologies and evidence.
- We provide both academic and clinical experiences to provide a strong professional foundation.
- We strive to develop effective, responsible, and contributing practitioners who can continue life-long learning.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been active since 1994 at Daytona State College. At that time, a group of local OT practitioners determined that there was a need for OT Assistants in the area and participated in the development of the program. We contribute to the OT workforce in Volusia and Flagler County, as well as several surrounding counties.
We offer an Associate of Applied Science degree after completion of a 22-month, 70 credit-hour program. Our program is a limited access program, with specific admission criteria. For additional information about our program, please see the attached links.
We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and our accreditation is current through 2021. It is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and the WEB address is www.acoteonline.org
Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.
Graduates from our program are eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information about our graduates' certification exam pass rates, along with those of other schools in the state, are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. For results of our graduates on the exam, please see http://www.daytonastate.edu/hchs/otafaq.html.