Central Penn College - Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College


Associate Degree

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Central Penn College's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program is the only OTA program in the central Pennsylvania area. Central Penn's program prides itself on hands-on learning experiences and personalized, career-focused support. Offered during the day at our Summerdale campus, this program enrolls students for the spring and fall terms.

Students must be creative and think outside of the box to help someone live with a new challenge they may be facing. Once graduates pass their exam and state licensure requirements, if applicable, they will be able to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) to help people achieve independence and learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful activities and life roles.

We encourage you to visit us for our upcoming OTA Visit Day. Applications are evaluated, and applicants are accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for additional admissions requirements. 

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Program Learning Objectives

In the OTA program, students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of human occupation throughout the lifespan and its impact upon development and health and wellness for individuals and populations of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and environmental backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the function of the human body.
  • Describe and apply occupational therapy ethics, theory and models of practice.
  • Administer treatments, assessments and screenings using appropriate procedures and protocols under the direction of an occupational therapist.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Central Penn OTA program requires the following: 

  • Secondary school courses: one unit of high school biology, chemistry, physics or A&P and one unit of algebra 2, geometry, pre-calculus or statistics.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • SAT or ACTs are preferred but not required
  • Observation hours: 8 hours in any setting with occupational therapy
  • References: two professional reference letters are required. 
  • Background checks: PA State Police, FBI, PA Child Abuse History Clearance; drug testing may be required. A felony conviction may affect the student's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination and in order to receive certification and license.
  • In-person interview with on-the-spot writing sample. 
  • Applications are evaluated, and accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Program Accreditation


Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814, (301.652.6611), www.aota.org.

ACCREDITATION: Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000; web: www.msche.org). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Status: Member since January 1977. Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s.

APPROVED BY: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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