Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Occupational therapy is a health care profession that specializes in helping people develop, master or regain the everyday skills necessary to live independent, productive and meaningful lives. Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to implement treatment interventions and meet the goals of each individual client’s needs. Occupational therapy assistants perform treatment with clients of various diagnoses across the lifespan.
The program curriculum will expose the student to a wide variety of traditional and emerging occupational therapy practices and settings. Fieldwork will provide the student with the opportunity to develop, implement and assess interventions based on the client’s plan of care.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares graduates to attain the essential skills and competencies needed to sit for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
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The associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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Applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.
On a typical day, an occupational therapy assistant will perform components of a variety of treatment procedures, including:
- self-care: bathing, dressing, showering, cooking, etc.
- home & community management
- energy conservation
- wheelchair measurement and positioning
- therapeutic exercise
Employment opportunities can be found in the following settings:
- Nursing homes
- Rehabilitation centers
- Outpatient offices
- Home health agencies
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all OTA-prefixed courses for progression and graduation.
|General Education Requirements||Course Title||Semester
|BIO 210||Anatomy Physiology I||4|
|BIO 211||Anatomy Physiology II||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|MAT 110||College Algebra||3|
|MAT 120||Probability and Statistics (preferred)|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3|
|First Semester - Fall|
|OTA 101||Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 105||Therapeutic Analysis in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 142||OTA Clinical Introduction I||1|
|OTA 162||Psychosocial Dysfunction||3|
|OTA 200||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|OTA 144||OTA Clinical Introduction II||1|
|OTA 176||Pediatric Development and Dysfunction||4|
|OTA 203||Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 220||Adult Physical Performance I||4|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|OTA 221||Adult Performance II||4|
|OTA 245||Occupational Therapy Departmental Management||2|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|OTA 108||Professional Development||1|
|OTA 262||OTA Clinical Application I||7|
|OTA 264||OTA Clinial Application II||7|
Total Credit Hours
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