COVID-19 Response

TJC has temporarily suspended most on-campus operations and has transitioned to remote instruction and business. Currently, all buildings except the Library are only accessible to employees.

COVID-19 Information Center

Occupational Therapy Assistant

As an OTA, you can help individuals 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).

Application Period

The 2020 application period opens January 13, 2020. The deadline for applications is noon on May 15, 2020. View the application process. The requirement for observation hours has been waived for this application cycle due to the impact of Covid-19 on our community and Occupational Therapy practitioners.

Information Sessions: 

  • April 23, 2020 noon

Location: Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences building, Room 1.132 
 

Certification

After successfully completing the program, OTA students will be eligible to sit for the National Exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

In addition, the state of Texas requires licensure to practice. Licensure involves a separate application process and is based on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

Degree Plans

How to Apply

TJC is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is limited. Please submit a Selective Admissions Application.

How to Apply
Selective Admissions
Nursing building

Accreditation

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 Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.