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Degree Plans - Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)

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Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work under the direction of Occupational Therapists in treating individuals with injuries, illnesses or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). As an OTA, you can help individuals to develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. You will work with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, schools and nursing homes, as well as in their homes, places of employment and other community settings.

Our Occupational Therapy Assistant program provides you with four semesters of classroom and laboratory learning followed by one semester of full-time fieldwork under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to take the national exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. The state of Texas requires a license to practice. Licensure involves a separate application process and is based on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Catalog Year
2020-2021
Degree Type
AAS
Available Online
No
Available Hybrid
No
Degree Plan
Major Courses 44 Credits

OTHA 1301 Introduction to Occupational Therapy

 

OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I

 

OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

 

OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy

 

OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy

 
OTHA 1353 Occupational Performance for Elders  
OTHA 1260 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant  
OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy  

OTHA 2261 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant

 
OTHA 1419 Therapeutic Interventions I  
OTHA 2305 Therapeutic Interventions II  
OTHA 2335 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy  
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II  
OTHA 2262 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant  

OTHA 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant

 
General Education Requirements 16 Credits

Every Associate of Applied Science degree plan must contain at least 15 semester hours of general education courses. At least one course must be taken from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts (language, philosophy & culture/creative arts), social/behavioral science (social and behavioral sciences/American history/government/ political science), and natural science/mathematics (life and physical sciences/mathematics).

Major Courses: 44
General Education Requirements: 16
Total Semester Hours: 60

Recommended Course Sequence:

Prerequisites Credit Hours

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development

3

ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

BIOL 2404 Anatomy and Physiology

4
First Semester Credit Hours

OTHA 1301 Introduction to Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I

3

OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

3
OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 3
Second Semester Credit Hours

OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1353 Occupational Performance for Elders

3
OTHA 1260 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 3
MATH xxxx Mathematics Core 3
Summer I Credit Hours

OTHA 2261 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant

2
OTHA 1419 Therapeutic Interventions I 4
Third Semester Credit Hours

OTHA 2305 Therapeutic Interventions II

3

OTHA 2335 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II

3

OTHA 2262 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant

2

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics OR
HUMA 1301 OR
HIST 2311 OR
HIST 2312 OR
PHIL 1304

3
Fourth Semester Credit Hours

OTHA 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) -Occupational Therapy Assistant

2

OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experience) -Occupational Therapy Assistant

2
Total Semester Hours 60

Courses titled in bold type represent general education requirements. 

Selective admissions and retention rules apply. Contact the department chair for details. Please note: A felony conviction may affect a student’s acceptance to the program and a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure. 

Non-OTHA courses may be taken prior to admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. 

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Blvd. Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; telephone 301-652-AOTA; website www.acoteonline.org. 

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.