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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history and philosophical base of the profession of occupational therapy.
- 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.
- Describe models of practice and frames of reference that are used in occupational therapy.
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of occupational therapy interventions and procedures to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in activities of daily living (ADL).
- 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.
- 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.
- Describe the contexts of health care, education, community, and social models or systems as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.
- Identify the varied roles of the occupational therapy assistant as a practitioner, educator, and research assistant.
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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
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
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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
OTA 104 Occupational Disruption &Activity Analysis 3
OTA 212 Management and Legal Issues in
Occupational Therapy 3
SOSC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
OTA 106 Core Skills & Modalities in Occupational
OTA 108 Fieldwork and Practice Issues – Level I 1
*OTA 110 Human Structure and Function 2
OTA 111 Human Structure and Function Lab 1
OTA 200 Mental Health and Psychosocial Practice 3
OTA 210 Theory and Practice in Physical and
Occupational Disabilities 3
OTA 214 Fieldwork, Clinical – Level II-A 3
OTA 216 Fieldwork and the Community – Level II-B 4
Total Program Credits 64
*Prerequisite requiredThe 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 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, 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 will be posted after exam completion for the first cohort in 2014.
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