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.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
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.
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
PSY101 with an average of 3.0 or better.
Please note that MAT007 and
CHE100 or their equivalents are prerequisites for
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.