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).
OTA Application Cycle Spring 2021
Application cycle opens: January 11, 2021
Application cycle closes: May 14, 2021 at noon.
We will not be hosting information sessions this academic year.
If you have questions about the OTA program, review the links on this webpage. For any additional questions please contact an OTA faculty member.
We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation on campus and in our community. If there are any changes to our application requirements (e.g. observation hours) because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will announce them here.
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.
Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)
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).
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.
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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.