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Award Levels

Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion

Associate of Applied Science

68

2 Years

 

 

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.


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.

 

   

 

 

Interested in this program?

 

Contact an Advisor!

pcarman@neosho.edu

(785)248-2806

OTA Student Achievement Data

 

NBCOT Certification Exam Pass Rates

Note: Data provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  The program's passing percent data is calculated on the number of new graduates who passed the NBCOT exam regardless of the number of attempts during the testing year to meet ACOTE's reporting standard.  For questions about the reporting standard, please contact ACOTE.

Year

% Passed

2019

75%

2018

94%

2017

100%

2016

94%

2015

93%

 

 

Program Graduation Rates

Year

OTA Students Graduating/Entering

% Graduated

2019

19/20

95%

2018

20/21

95%

2017

18/20

90%

2016

18/20

90%

2015

20/21

95%

 

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses

(Fall) Semester I
 
Credit Hours

*CURR 100

First Year Seminar

    1

ENGL 101

English Composition I

 3

ALHE 105

Medical Terminology

 3

CSIS 105

Computer Literacy

    1

PSYC 155

General Psychology

 3

BIOL 257

Human Anatomy and Physiology

 3

BIOL 258

Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab

 2

 

Total

    16

*Students entering NCCC direct from high school are required to enroll in CURR 100.  Students transferring in 15 or more credits from an accredited post-secondary institution are exempt from enrolling in CURR 100.

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(Spring) Semester II
   

OTA 100

Principles of Occupational Therapy

    3

OTA 102

Occupational Therapy Skills Through the Lifespan

    3

OTA 103

Fieldwork and Practice-Level I-A

    1

OTA 104

Occupational Disruption & Activity Analysis

    3

OTA 110

Kinesiology for the OTA

    2

OTA 111

Kinesiology for the OTA Lab

    1

**PSYC 263

Developmental Psychology

 3

 

Total

16

Summer
   

OTA 200

Mental Health and Psychosocial Practice

    2

OTA 202

Documentation Guidelines

     1

OTA 204

Pediatric Practice for OTA

    3

**COMM 207

**COMM 213

Fundamentals of Speech OR Interpersonal Communication

 3

 

Total

    9

(Fall) Semester III
   

OTA 205

Fieldwork and Practice-Level I-B

    1

OTA 206

Core Skills & Modalities in Occupational Therapy

    3

OTA 208

Clinical Applications Physiological Diagnosis

    3

OTA 210

Clinical Applications Neurological Diagnosis

    3

OTA 212

Management and Legal Issues in Occupational Therapy

    2

**SOSC 100

Introduction to Sociology

 3

 

Total

15

(Spring) Semester IV    

OTA 214

Fieldwork-Level II-A

    6

OTA 216

Fieldwork-Level II-B

    6

 

Total

    12

                      Associate of Applied Science Degree Program Credits     

    68

**General education program requirements may be taken any time before OR during semesters of OTA coursework (excluding Fieldwork-Level II semester).

 Courses marked with this symbol are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may be eligible for transfer. Please visit the NCCC Registrar to learn more.  Visit Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation website for additional information.

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.


Accreditation 
Associate of Applied Science
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number is (303) 652-6611, email accred@aota.org and the website link is www.acoteonline.org.