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Constance Messier
Department Chair

800 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
NB 220

Hear from Bristol's 2024 Valedictorian and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) graduate Aimee Rodrigues.

The Bristol Occupational Therapy Assistant 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. Eligible candidates must be free of a felony charge which may impact the ability to sit for the NBCOT exam.

Read our graduation requirements here.

Program Outcomes 2021-2023

The total number of graduates from the Bristol Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three-year period 2021- 2023 was 60, with an overall graduation rate of 78%. Program results (certification exam pass rates) from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) can be found online at School Performance (

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2021 28 (Fall 2019) 23 82%
2022 14 (Fall 2020) 11 79%
2023 18 (Fall 2021) 13 72
Total 3-year 60 47 78%

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 7501 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814.  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