• Occupational Therapy Assistant (587.2)
    Associate of Science


    This program prepares graduates to assist in providing occupational therapy services under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in a variety of health care and school facilities. A certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) is trained to assist in the prevention of further disability and the restoration of function in persons with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities. Through therapeutic activities, occupational therapy assists patients in becoming as independent as possible within their own environment.

    Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Students must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology 1 or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.

    The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The address is ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.2682, www.acoteonline.org.

    Graduates of this will program be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

    A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Exhibit entry-level competencies as an occupational therapy assistant. 
    2. Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the occupational therapy profession. 
    3. Communicate effectively with clients, families and other team members. 
    4. Utilize reflective judgment and problem solving to effectively integrate theoretical concepts of the use of occupation in promotion health and wellness. 
    5. Employ respect for diversity factors, lifestyle values and choices of others.

    See Graduate Outcomes to review the CCAC Occupational Therapy Assistant results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    OTA-101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy5
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
     Computer Information Technology Elective1
    Total Credits: 16
    Recommended CIT elective: CIT-100 Computer Fundamentals and Applications or CIT-615 Computer Application in Health Care

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    OTA-201Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities5
    OTA-211Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 1/Physical Disabilities2
    PSY-208Abnormal Psychology 3
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
     Health and Physical Education Elective1
    Total Credits: 14


    Course #Course NameCredits
    OTA-221Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 2A5
    OTA-222Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 2B5
    Total Credits: 10
    Fieldwork 2 should be completed within 18 months following completion of all academic coursework.
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71
  • Admission Requirements (OTA)

    The following items are required of students making application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program:

    • A Video Observation: 'Occupational Therapy – Making it Possible' (available at all campus libraries)
    • All Development Coursework must be completed as required by the placement test.* Placement test scores are college related vs. program related. Placement Tests
    • Complete General Biology (BIO-151) or Intro to Biological Sciences (BIO-110)with a 'C' or better (Exception Anatomy & Physiology 1 <BIO 161> successfully completed with a 'C' )
    • Submission of Transfer of Credits (if needed)
    • Self Essay
    • Completed Allied Health application. (request OTA application) Applications are accepted October to March 1.