My job hunt has been very enlightening thus far. I feel I have spent more time defending COTAs than actually interviewing. I have done this on three separate occasions now. In the first instance, I was called regarding my resume, but was informed that the facility does not utilize COTAs and that COTAs only work in hospitals and nursing facilities. That was news to me, and I politely explained that COTAs can work in any setting as long as they have the needed experience and have OTs to provide supervision. The second instance was basically a re-hash of the first only via email. The third instance occurred during an interview. I interviewed for a COTA position, however, when the job description was explained to me I discovered it had nothing to do with treating patients and everything to do with assisting the OTs in making schedules, maintaining equipment, creating projects, etc. When I questioned the interviewer about this, I was told that COTAs cannot treat patients on their own under Medicaid guidelines. I guess I must have had a very surprised look on face because I was asked if I knew differently. At this point, I explained what I had observed and done during my fieldwork that would directly relate to this situation, including treating Medicaid patients on my own as a student. The interviewer seemed genuinely shocked and planned to research this more thoroughly. I, myself, am shocked about how little is understood about the COTAs role in the work place. I am curious, have I just had a run of bad luck or is this common? When you come across this misconception of the COTAs role, how do you handle it?