The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a two-year program that educates people for
employment in the occupational therapy field of health care. An occupational therapy assistant
(OTA) works under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR) as part of a health
care team. The OTA works to restore and enhance the health of clients by facilitating occupation
- the performance of purposeful activity in work, play and self-care.
Occupational therapy assistants help people perform activities that are meaningful to their
lives. They work with individuals facing problems resulting from developmental impairment,
physical disabilities, psychological impairment and aging. The OTA graduate can expect to find
employment in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, home settings, rehabilitation centers,
day and residential treatment centers, community-based mental health centers, assisted living
centers and many others.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA). AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.
ACOTE may be reached by telephone at (301) 652-2682.
Graduates are qualified for New York State certification without examination. They are also
eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered
by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information
about state licensure may be obtained from the New York State Education Department, Office of
the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, State Education Building - 2nd Floor,
89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234. See footnote for additional information regarding
The OTA curriculum provides students with classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experience so
that they understand the responsibilities of the profession and develop necessary skills to practice it.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in each occupational therapy assistant course
in order to continue on to the next course in the sequence and to qualify for graduation with an
occupational therapy assistant degree. Students are permitted to repeat only one OTA course. Once
students have entered the occupational therapy assistant curriculum, they will have a maximum
of four years to complete the sequence.
Students are required to complete Level I Fieldwork as part of the class work for Occupational
Therapy Media and Applications I, II and III. Students travel to community settings for Level I
Fieldwork experiences outside of scheduled class times. The Level II Fieldwork component, Clinical
Practice I and II, consists of a minimum of 16 weeks of full-time work in a practice setting.
Students have in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients with
a variety of ages and conditions. Fieldwork for Clinical Practice I or Clinical Practice II may be
delayed by mutual agreement between the college and the student. The American Occupational
Therapy Association requires that all fieldwork be completed within 18 months of the completion
of the academic portion of the program. If fieldwork is delayed, the date of graduation will be
Entering students must have successfully completed high school Integrated Algebra or equivalent,
laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry (B average) and have a high school average of
80 or higher.
For students already enrolled in college, minimum requirements for consideration for admission are completion of
PSY101 with an average of 3.0 or better.
Please note that MAT007 and
CHE100 or their equivalents are prerequisites for
Science courses directly related to the practice of occupational therapy (BIO130 and
BIO132 or their transferred equivalents) must have been
completed within 10 years of admission to the program. Completing BIO130 and
BIO132 is strongly recommended prior to starting the program.
The admissions committee will also take into consideration the completion of BIO132 and experience in a health care setting.
All students applying to be considered for acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are required to provide documentation of completing a minimum of 25 volunteer hours in a clinical environment where licensed occupational therapy services are rendered.
In addition to college health requirements, all Occupational Therapy students, full and part-time, must meet the health requirements of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum is a DAY program which begins in FALL only. The program is competitive. Applications for admission must be received by January 15. Contact the
Grant Campus Admissions Office for more information.