Occupational Therapy Assistant

Fall 2017 Application Period

Application period opens: January 17, 2016
Application period closes: May 19, 2017 at noon

Selective Admissions Application

Information Sessions

Curious about the OTA program? Join us for an information session, where program faculty will review the application process and answer your questions.

Session 1: noon - 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Robert M Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center room 1.132

Session 2: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017
Robert M Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center room 1.132

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).


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


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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.