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THE OTA Program is Located
on the Ottawa Campus

Application Period: Sept - Oct



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Award Levels

Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion

Associate of Applied Science


2 Years


Taking the Test of Essential Skills (TEAS) –Allied Health
is a prerequisite before applying to the OTA Program
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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.





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OTA Pathway Cost: Tuition and Fees



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.





Program Path Recommended Sequence of Courses

 Semester I Program Prerequisites General Education
 Credit Hours

*CURR 100

First Year Seminar


CSIS 105

Computer Literacy


ENGL 101

English Composition I


BIOL 257

Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIOL 258

Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab


PSYC 155

General Psychology


ALHE 105

Medical Terminology





*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.

Program Requirements

 Semester II Spring

OTA 100

Principles & Practice of Occupational Therapy


OTA 102

Occupational Therapy Skills Through the Lifespan


OTA 103

OTA Fieldwork Level I-A


OTA 104

Clinical Conditions & Activity Analysis for OTA


OTA 110 Kinesiolgy for OTA


OTA 111 Kinesiolgy for OTA Lab


**PSYC 263

Developmental Psychology  3



 Semester III Summer

OTA 200

Mental Health & Psychosocial Practice for OTA


OTA 202

Documentation for OTA


OTA 204

Pediatric Practice for OTA


**COMM 207 OR **COMM 213 Fundamentals of Speech OR Interpersonal Communication





 Semester IV Fall Semester

OTA 205

OTA Fieldwork Level I-B


OTA 206

Core Skills


OTA 208

Adult Physiological Applications for OTA


OTA  210

Adult Neurological Applications for OTA


OTA 212

Management & Professional Development for OTA


**SOSC 100

Introduction to Sociology





Semester V Spring    

OTA 214

OTA Fieldwork Level II-A


OTA 216

OTA Fieldwork Level II-B





                      Associate of Applied Science Degree Program Credits     


**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.

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.  
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 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number is (303) 652-6611, email and the website link is