NBCOT Exam Pass Rates, Accreditation, and Retention Rates

OTA Program Student and Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Madison Area Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three year period of 2013-2015 was 61, within an overall graduation rate of 90%.

Year                                     Graduating                              Rate
2013                                     25/22                                        88%
2014                                     23/20                                        87%
2015                                     20/19                                        95%
Total                                     68/61                                        90%


The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA or the website of www.acoteonline.org


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.



Credentialing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is separate from Madison College graduation.  Certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires passing a nationally administered OTA competency Examination.  For more information please visit:  www.nbcot.org.

Licensure by the State of Wisconsin or other states requires passing this certification exam and complying with any other state credentialing requirements.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


(updated January 2016)