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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate Degree Course Sequence

PSY121  General Psychology
OTA121  Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OTA122  Therapeutic Media
ENG124  College Composition
BIO125  Medical Terminology
MTH105   Math for Allied Health
BIO123  Principles of Human Structure and Function
OTA123  Psychosocial Aspects in OT
OTA124  Psychosocial Clinical Experience
PSY221  Abnormal Psychology
OTA221  Developmental Aspects in OT
OTA222  Developmental Clinical Experience
OTA223  Life Span Development
PTA226  Functional Anatomy
SOC121  Sociology
BIO124  Human Diseases
OTA224  OT in Physical Dysfunction
OTA225  Physical Dys. Clinical Experience
OTA226  OTA Seminar
OTA227  Clinical Application I
OTA228  Clinical Application II

TOTAL CREDITS 70

The profession of occupational therapy provides services to individuals whose lives have been disrupted by accident or illness, birth defects, developmental problems, social or psychological problems. Occupational therapy personnel work in hospitals, schools, workshops, mental health centers, clinics and home-health agencies.

Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of the registered occupational therapist, helping patients achieve maximum independence in activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living, work, leisure and play, education and social participation.

Assistants help therapists evaluate patients to determine patient and family needs. Once treatment goals are set, the assistants may be responsible for implementing therapy by using selected activities. Assistants may also instruct patients in the use of specially-designed devices to allow people with physical disabilities to dress or feed themselves, take care of their homes or return to work.

Prospective students in the occupational therapy assistant technology program must have one year of high school biology or one semester of college anatomy and physiology and one semester of algebra.

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220 Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 • 301-652-2682. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, states licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Requirements for admission to the OTA program:

  • complete the College admissions process
  • submit health program application to Registration Office
  • preferred minimum GPA 3.0 for college (or high school within the last five years)
  • minimum "B" MTH091 and MTH092, BIO101 or high school algebra and biology or equivalency within the last five years