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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT / A.A.S. DEGREE
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.
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|
|OTA101: Introduction to Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA102: Clinical Conditions and Terminology||2|
|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|
|OTA118: Occupational Therapy Media and Applications I||4|
|OTA121: Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunctions||2|
|PSY210: Developmental Psychology||3|
|SUMMER SEMESTER: 4 credits||Credits|
|*||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|
|OTA201: Occupational Therapy Media and Applications III||4|
|OTA202: The Management Role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant||2|
|FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits||Credits|
|OTA211: Clinical Practice I||6|
|OTA212: Clinical Practice II||6|
|TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED||70.5 - 71.5|
|*||See Note above in introductory paragraphs.|
|These courses constitute the major courses for this curriculum.|
|REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION|
|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