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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year program.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the direction of an Occupational Therapist to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional or developmental impairments with the ultimate goal to improve the client’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. 

In 2011 occupational therapy assistants held approximately 29,130 jobs.  The mean hourly compensation at the national level was $25.07 or a mean average salary of $52,150.  Source:  US Department of Labor.


The student will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, English, and mathematics based on the COMPASS assessment test, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended/ required classes.  Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites. 

Students must complete BIOL 111 General Biology prior to taking BIOL 257/258 HHuman Anatomy & Physiology/Lab.  Students must complete BIOL 257/258 Anatomy and Physiology/Lab prior to taking OTA 110 Human Structure and Function in OT. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and philosophical base of the profession of occupational therapy.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of occupation and activity, including the interaction of areas of occupation, performance skills and patterns, activity demands, context, and client factors.
  3. Describe models of practice and frames of reference that are used in occupational therapy.
  4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of occupational therapy interventions and procedures to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in activities of daily living (ADL).
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the occupational therapy assistant in care coordination, case management, and transition services in traditional and emerging practice environments.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to effectively interact through written, oral, and nonverbal communication with the client, family, significant others, colleagues, other health providers, and the public in a professionally acceptable manner.
  7. Describe the contexts of health care, education, community, and social models or systems as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.
  8. Identify the varied roles of the occupational therapy assistant as a practitioner, educator, and research assistant.


For More Information Contact: Barbara Flett, MS,OTR/L                            Program Director


Course Sequence

The listing that follows is a required sequence of courses. The student should work with their advisor regarding their course schedule.

Prerequisite                                                                                                                         Cr Hrs

 Developmental Reading/English, if test scores indicate need.


COMM 213         Interpersonal Communication                                      3


Semester I

PSYC 100           First Year Seminar                                                      1

CSIS 100            Computer Concepts and Applications                          3

ENGL 101          English Composition I                                                   3

BIOL 111           General Biology                                                            3

PSYC 155           General Psychology                                                    3

ALHE 105           Medical Terminology                                                    3

                            Total                                                                          16


Semester II

PSYC 263            Developmental Psychology                                        3

*BIOL 257           Human Anatomy and Physiology                                 3

*BIOL 258           Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab                          2

OTA 100             Introduction to Occupational Therapy                         3

OTA 102             Occupational Therapy Skills Through the

                             Lifespan                                                                    3

OTA 104             Occupational Disruption &Activity Analysis                 3


                             Total                                                                         17


OTA 212             Management and Legal Issues in

                             Occupational Therapy                                               3

SOSC 100            Introduction to Sociology                                           3

                             Electives                                                                    2

                                 Total                                                                     8

Semester III


OTA 106             Core Skills & Modalities in Occupational               

                             Therapy                                                                    3

OTA 108             Fieldwork and Practice Issues – Level I                      1

*OTA 110           Kinesiology for the OTA                             2                

OTA 111             Kinesiology for the OTA Lab                            1

OTA 200             Mental Health and Psychosocial Practice                   3

OTA 210             Theory and Practice in Physical and                     

                             Occupational Disabilities                                          3


                            Total                                                                         13

Semester IV

OTA 214             Fieldwork, Clinical – Level II-A                                   3

OTA 216             Fieldwork and the Community – Level II-B                 4

                             Total                                                                        7                

Total Program Credits                                                                      64

*Prerequisite required

The occupational therapy assistant 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 it's Web address is 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, 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.

Student pass rate on the certification exam can be found online at:

Application Procedure
Community Experience Verification Form
Planning Worksheet 
Student Application Form 
Student Checklist 


For more information contact:
Program Advisor
Barbara Flett
785.242.2067 ext 306