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
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, www.acoteonline.org. 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.