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Occupational Therapy Assistant

BOYCE  
Associate of Science (587.2)

This program prepares graduates to assist in providing occupational therapy services under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in a variety of healthcare and school facilities. A certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) is trained to assist in the prevention of further disability and the restoration of function in persons with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities. Through therapeutic activities, occupational therapy assists patients in becoming as independent as possible within their own environment.

Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Students must
also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology I or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The address is ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. 301.652.2682 www.acoteonline.org

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). For more information see http://www.nbcot.org/ 

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Exhibit entry level competencies as an occupational therapy assistant.
  2. Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the occupational therapy profession.
  3. Communicate effective with clients, families and other team members.
  4. Utilize reflective judgment and problem solving to effectively integrate theoretical concepts of the use of occupation in promotion health and wellness.
  5. Employ respect for diversity factors, lifestyle values and choices of others.

See  Graduate Outcomes to review the CCAC Occupational Therapy Assistant results of the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination (https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx).

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71

First Semester

Course #     

Course Name

Credits

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

OTA-101

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

5

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Computer Information Technology Elective1

1

 

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

BIO-162

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

OTA-102

Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

5

OTA-112

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 1/Pediatrics

1

PSY-108

Human Growth & Development

3

 

Total Credits

16

Third Semester

OTA-201

Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities

5

OTA-211

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 1/Physical Disabilities    

2

PSY-208

Abnormal Psychology

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

 

Health & Physical Education Elective

1

 

Total Credits

14

Fourth Semester

OTA-202

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

5

OTA-203

Occupational Therapy in Aging Population

3

OTA-204

Occupational Therapy Professional Issues

2

OTA-212

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 1/Mental Health

1

OTA-213

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 1/Aging Populations

1

 

Mathematics Elective (must be MAT-100 or higher)
(Refer to the mathematics course descriptions in the
CCAC academic catalog for mathematics courses
appropriate to specific program areas.)

3

 

Total Credits

15

Summer

OTA-221

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 2A2

5

OTA-222

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork 2B2

5

  

Total Credits

10

1Recommended CIT elective-CIT-100, Computer Fundamentals and Applications or CIT-615, Computer Applications in Health Care.

2Fieldwork 2 should be completed within eighteen (18) months following completion of all academic course work.

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