Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate of Applied Science

Students of our Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program train to render effective treatment and care for individuals of all ages whose quality of life has been impacted by disability. You will develop creative and adaptive approaches to help patients remediate, rehabilitate, or compensate for emotional, physical, cognitive, and social impairment. As an OTA, you will help Occupational Therapists assess your patient’s needs and implement holistic treatment plans focused on meaningful activities that promote a healthier balance of self-care, work, and leisure activities.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the SLCHC Occupational Therapy Assistant program often work directly one on one with patients/clients under the supervision of Occupational Therapists. This can be within several types of health care and community settings including hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers, homes, school based settings, community health centers, prison systems, government systems, and private business.

COTA Certification

Year by year, the demand for highly skilled healthcare professionals grows at an incredible pace. To fill this demand, SLCHC program graduates 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, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm

Occupational Therapy Assistant Application

Application For Admissions

Semester 1

Course #CourseHoursCredits
MTH202Algebra & Mathematical Functions453
ENG101English Composition I453
HB300Medical Terminology Basics301
AH100Professional Development453
BL121Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Theory453
BL121LEssentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab301

Semester 2

Course #CourseHoursCredits
BL302Kinesiology & Functional Biomechanics453
BL302LKinesiology & Functional Biomechanics Lab301
PS203Human Growth & Development302
OTA101Introduction to Occupational Therapy453

Semester 3

Course #CourseHoursCredits
OTA102Foundations of Occupational Therapy453
OTA110LTherapeutic Activities for Occupational Performance Lab301
OTA130Human Dysfunctions on Occupational Performance604
OTA140Documentation in Occupational Therapy302
OTA160LOTA Fundamentals 1 Lab602

Semester 4

Course #CourseHoursCredits
OTA201Fieldwork Level IA451
OTA210OTA Applications in Psychosocial Practice453
OTA230Therapeutic Communication302
OTA245OTA Applications in Pediatric  Practice453
OTA245LOTA Applications in Pediatric  Practice Lab451
OTA250LGroup Dynamics Lab301
OTA260LOTA Fundamentals 2 Lab451

Semester 5

Course #CourseHoursCredits
OTA301Fieldwork Level IB451
OTA315OTA Applications in Physical Dysfunction453
OTA315LOTA Applications in Physical Dysfunction Lab451
OTA325Therapeutic Adaptations302
OTA325LTherapeutic Adaptations Lab451
OTA340OTA Applications in Geriatric Practice453
OTA350OTA Professional Seminar302
OTA360LOTA Fundamentals 3 Lab451

Semester 6

Course #CourseHoursCredits
OTA405Fieldwork Level II, Practicum 12706
OTA406Fieldwork Level II, Practicum 22706
OTA410OTA Applications in Clinical Reasoning302

Program Accreditations

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
c/o AOTA

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

(301) 652-AOTA

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