| The Vision of the METC/UIW Occupational Therapy Assistant program is to engage students and faculty in a dynamic learning environment which stimulates the desire to learn and develop the necessary knowledge and skills in order to maximize health, well-being, quality of life, and occupational engagement for all individuals, military populations, and communities worldwide.
| To train the most knowledgeable, clinically proficient, and professionally sound occupational therapy assistants who are ready to support DoD mission success world-wide.
Located in Fort Sam Houston
, TX, this program is the sole Department of Defense sponsored OTA school for eligible enlisted Army, Army Reserve, and Navy students.
Three training iterations are delivered each year for up to 20 students per class through a comprehensive 17-week Phase I (didactic classroom-based training) and 16-week Phase II (fieldwork) curriculum.
Graduates are qualified to challenge the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and earn distinction as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is granted probationary accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) from academic year 2009/2010 to 2019/2020.
Program Accreditation Status:
ACOTE Contact Information:
AOTA Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3425
Phone: 301-652-6611 x 2914
The total number of graduates from the Medical Education and Training Campus
Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017
was 82 with an overall graduation rate of 84%.
|Total 3 Year
Graduates of the METC OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national examination for the occupational therapy assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the national examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain a state licensure.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found at:
METC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
3488 Garden Ave
Building 1364 Room 4-424
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234