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Constance Messier
Department Chair

800 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
NB 220

The Bristol Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares you for practice as entry-level OTA in a variety of healthcare settings.

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program advances the mission of Bristol Community College by providing an accessible, innovative, and inclusive education that prepares students for the ever-changing world. The program prepares generalist, entry-level occupational therapy assistants to practice under the supervision of registered occupational therapists in a variety of healthcare, home, school, workplace, community and other settings. The OTA program prepares graduates to help people of all ages with physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, emotional and other challenges regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to participate in meaningful occupations and live independent, productive, and satisfying lives. The OTA program embraces the institutional values of student success of communication, respect, inclusion and innovation and conducts the program in a supportive community that values professionalism, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning, respects diversity and prepares well-rounded learners for employment.

Graduates take the NBCOT (National Board Commission of Certification in Occupational Therapy) for certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Bristol Community College is proud to announce that the college’s OTA class of 2023 has achieved a 82 percent pass rate on the NBCOT exam.

National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online here.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MA 20852-4929.  ACOTE's phone number is 301.652.6611.  The website is and their email is

See program sequencing and full program details in our Course Catalog.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Details