Hegis Code: 5210

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: OCTA-AAS

     The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year program that educates people for employment in the occupational field of health care. An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR) as part of a health care team. The OTA works to restore and enhance the health of clients by facilitating occupation - the performance of purposeful activity in work, play and self-care.

     Occupational therapy assistants help people perform activities that are meaningful to their lives. They work with individuals facing problems resulting from developmental impairment, physical disabilities, psychological impairment and aging. The OTA graduate can expect to find employment in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, home settings, rehabilitation centers, day and residential treatment centers, community-based mental health centers, assisted living centers and many others.

     The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda MD 20824-1220. ACOTE may be reached by telephone at (301) 652-2682.

     Graduates are qualified for New York State certification without examination. They are also eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information about state licensure may be obtained from the New York State Education Department, Office of the Provisions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234. See footnote for additional information regarding licensure.

     The OTA curriculum provides students with classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experience so that they understand the responsibilities of the profession and develop necessary skills to practice it.

     Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in each occupational therapy assistant course in order to continue on to the next course in the sequence and to qualify for graduation with an occupational therapy assistant degree. Students are permitted to repeat only one OTA course. Once students have entered the occupational therapy assistant curriculum, they will have a maximum of four years to complete the sequence.

     Students are required to complete Level I fieldwork as part of the class work for Occupational Therapy Media and Applications I, II and III. Students travel to community settings for Level I Fieldwork experiences outside of scheduled class times. The level II Fieldwork component, Clinical Practice I and II, consists of a minimum of 16 weeks of full-time work in a practice setting. Students have in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients with a variety of ages and conditions. Fieldwork for Clinical Practice I or Clinical Practice II may be delayed by mutual agreement between the college and the student. The American Occupational Therapy Association requires that all fieldwork be completed within 18 months of the completion of the academic portion of the program. If fieldwork is delayed, the date of graduation will be delayed accordingly.

     Note: Students are required to attend a 10 week summer session after successfully completing the first academic year of the program. The summer course is offered only in this sequence and is a requirement for continuation as a third-semester student and for graduation within the stated timeline.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

     Entering students must have successfully completed high school Integrated Algebra or equivalent, laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry (B average) and have a high school average of 80 or higher.
     For students already enrolled in college, minimum requirements for consideration for admission are completion of ENG101, BIO130 and PSY101 with an average of 3.0 or better. Please note that MAT007 and CHE100 or their equivalents are prerequisites for BIO130. Science courses directly related to the practice of occupational therapy (BIO130 and BIO132 or their transferred equivalents) must have been completed within ten years of admission to the program. Completing BIO130 and BIO132 is strongly recommended prior to starting the program. The admissions committee will also take into consideration the completion of BIO132 and experience in a health care setting.
     In addition to college health requirements, all Occupational Therapy students, full and part-time, must meet the health requirements of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum is a DAY program which begins in FALL only. The program is competitive. Applications for admission must be received by January 1. Contact the Grant Campus Admissions Office for more information.

FIRST SEMESTER: 18.5 credits Credits
BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA101: Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA102: Clinical Conditions and Terminology 2
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA105: Human Occupation Across the Lifespan 2
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA118: Occupational Therapy Media and Applications I 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA121: Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunctions 2
PSY210: Developmental Psychology 3
Physical Education 1
SUMMER SEMESTER: 4 credits Credits
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA131: Occupational Therapy Media and Applications II 4
THIRD SEMESTER: 16-17 credits Credits
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
HSC112: Safety, First Aid and CPR 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA201: Occupational Therapy Media and Applications III 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA202: The Management Role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
Mathematics Elective 3-4
Physical Education 1
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
  Humanities Elective 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA211: Clinical Practice I 6
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum OTA212: Clinical Practice II 6

*See Note above in introductory paragraphs.
 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses for this curriculum.

Occupational Therapy Assistant 35 credits
Humanities (including English) 9 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Science and Mathematics 11-12 credits
Health Careers 6 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits

NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Applicants with a felony background who would like to clarify their status may write NBCOT at 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 or telephone them at (301) 990-7979.