Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field of as Occupational Therapy Assistants. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, provides rehabilitative services to individuals with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities.

The COTA's purpose is to improve a client's quality of life and enhance his/her ability to perform daily activities. COTAs provide clients with adaptive skills that enable them to reenter the workforce, instruct clients in compensating for a loss of motor skill function, and plan activities that increase the independence of those with disabilities.

The OTA 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of this program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a COTA. In addition, most 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.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must also hold a current CPR for Health Care Providers certification prior to the first day of class. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Students are advised that the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) is strenuous in nature.  Students are therefore not allowed to take additional course work that is not directly related to their degree plan while in the OTA Program.  If a student has completed all general education course requirements prior to entering the program, the student may not have a full load of twelve credit hours or more (which could affect financial aid eligibility). 

The OTA Program is very intense and requires approximately 30-36 hours per week of theory /lab/fieldwork.  This does not include prep or study time.  The hours ascribed to each semester while in the OTA Program are considered by the program to be full time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

(71 Semester Hours)

  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BST 1303
    CIS 1113
    Introduction to Computers
    Fundamental Computer Operation 
    ENGL 1013 Composition I 
    HSCI 1113  Medical Terminology 
    HSCI 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I  3
    MATH 1003
    MATH 1113 
    College Mathematics
    College Algebra 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BIOL 1014
    PHSC 1013
    PHSC 1021 
    Introduction to Biological Science
    Introduction to Physical Science
    Introduction to Physical Science Lab
    ENGL 1023  Composition II 
    HSCI 1243  Human Anatomical Structure II
    (prerequisite: HIT 1123) 
    PSY 2003  General Psychology
    Total Hours    13 
    Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the OTA courses below.
  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    OTA 2102  Foundations of Occupational Therapy   2
    OTA 2111  Level I Field Work A 
    OTA 2112  Modalities for Human Conditions I LAB
    OTA 2122  Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation LAB
    OTA 2132  Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation
    OTA 2142 Medical Conditions for the OTA 
    OTA 2152 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions I
     OTA 2221 Documentation for Occupational Therapy 1
    Total Hours   14 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    OTA 2162  Management and Licensure for the OTA  2
    OTA 2202  Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning 
    (prerequisite: OTA 2102) 
    OTA 2211  Level I Field Work B 
    OTA 2212  Modalities for Human Conditions II LAB 
    OTA 2232  Group Processes and Dynamics
    (prerequisite: OTA 2102) 
    OTA 2242 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning LAB 
    OTA 2252  Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions II 
    OTA 2262  Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  Summer - May 15 - August 11, 2017
    Course # Course Name Hours
    OTA 2302  OTA Professional Development
    OTA 2312 Modalities for Human Conditions III LAB
    (prerequisites: OTA 2212 and
    OTA 2232)
    OTA 2352  Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions III 
    OTA 2412 Level II Field Work A-1 
    Total Hours  
  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    OTA 2422 Level II Field Work A-2 
    OTA 2424  Level II Field Work B 4
    Total Hours    6