Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

OTA Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Kapi‘olani Community College is in accordance with that of the University of Hawai‘i Community College System and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Our mission is to:

  • Provide open access to a high quality, 21st century Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for qualified students from diverse cultures.
  • Support the Occupational Therapy Program faculty’s commitment to being effective, ethical and caring educators and further develop their professional expertise.
  • Specialize in the best practice application of Occupational Therapy professional knowledge and skills to prepare the student to qualify for the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy exam.
  • Offer a program of study that prepares the student for ethical practice and rigorous employment standards to meet workforce demand in the field of Occupational Therapy.
  • Develop partnerships with agencies, businesses and associations in the healthcare industry to facilitate clinical training, lifelong learning and social responsibility of faculty and students.
  • Participate in ongoing assessment of program outcomes, faculty effectiveness, student satisfaction and industry feedback to initiate improvement and strive for our goal of excellence in Occupational Therapy education.

OTA Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, the student should be able to:

  1. Assimilate and relate the foundational content, basic tenets and theoretical perspectives of Occupational Therapy and apply the relevant knowledge to function competently in the profession.
  2. Perform technical and clinical skills pertaining to safety, screening, evaluation, intervention, implementation and service delivery and assist with management of Occupational Therapy in order to function competently in the profession.
  3. Abide by the professional code of ethics, values, behaviors and responsibilities as required by standards established for Occupational Therapy Assistants.
  4. Communicate and interact appropriately and effectively; including explaining the unique nature of Occupational Therapy to consumers, potential employers, colleagues, policymakers and other audiences.
  5. Incorporate knowledge of multicultural perspectives into the practice of Occupational Therapy to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  6. Use professional literature and recognize its implication for the practice of Occupational Therapy and the provision of services.


Graduates of the OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). During the 2014 legislative session, SB 2472 was passed and sign which gives licensure to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Hawai‘i; the effective date of licensure for OTAs is January 1, 2017. Most states require licensure to practice; state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Graduation Rate, Pass Rate on NBCOT Exam & Employment Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Kapi‘olani Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 41, with an overall graduation rate of 77%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2015 17/15 88%
2016 18/14 77%
2017 18/12 67%
Total 53/41 77%


The Accreditation Council for OT Education (2011) requires that the “average pass rate over the 3 most recent calendar years for graduates attempting the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation from the program must be 80% or higher (regardless of the number of attempts). If a program has less than 25 test takers in the 3 most recent calendar years, the program may include test takers from additional years until it reaches 25 or until the 5 most recent calendar years are included in the total” (Standard A.5.6.). The average pass rate over the 3 most recent calendar years for OTA graduates are as follows:

NBCOT Exam Passing %
2014 83%
2015 80%
2016 76%
3-Year-Average 79.67%


Please use the following link to obtain to most recent certification exam pass rate for the OTA program: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Graduates of the OTA program at KCC are working in public schools, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and in private, non-traditional practices. Of the OTA graduates who have remained in contact with the Program, employment updates are positive:

  • 2016: 12 employed as COTAs
  • 2015: 4 employed as COTAs (4 employed in an emerging area; 1 attending graduate school)
  • 2014: 2 employed as COTAs (5 employed in an emerging area; 2 attending graduate school)

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