HEGIS Code - 5210, CIP Code - 51.0803

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: OCTA-AAS

     The Occupational Therapy Assistant degree 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 required to pass the NBCOT Certification Exam prior to acquiring New York State certification and licensure. 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 note for additional information regarding licensure.

     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.

     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 delayed accordingly.

Admission Requirements and Procedures
Direct from high school Continuing Student
  • High school diploma
  • 80 unweighted high school average
  • Completion of high school Integrated Algebra or equivalent, laboratory biology, and laboratory chemistry with an 80 average
  • Provide documentation by the January 15 application deadline of a minimum of 25 hours of observation in a clinical environment where licensed occupational therapy services are rendered
  • An average of 3.0 or better between the following courses:
  • Provide documentation by the January 15 application deadline of a minimum of 25 hours of observation in a clinical environment where licensed occupational therapy services are rendered


     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 may take into consideration the completion of BIO132 and experience in a health care setting.

     In addition to college health requirements, all occupational therapy students, full-time 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 semester only. The program is competitive. Applications for admission must be received by January 15. Contact the Michael J. Grant Campus Admissions Office for more information.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
OTA100: Seminar for OTA Students 1
OTA101: Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Lifespan Occupations 3
OTA102: Clinical Conditions and Terminology 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  PSY210: Lifespan Development 3
OTA118: Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Practice 4
OTA121: Occupational Therapy in Adult Practice 3
OTA200: Kinesiology for the OTA 3

THIRD SEMESTER: 18 credits Credits
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication 3
  ENG121: Technical Writing 3
  MAT103: Statistics I 3
OTA201: Occupational Therapy in Older Adult Practice 4
OTA202: The Management Role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTA203: Occupational Therapy Treatment Planning and Documentation 3

FOURTH SEMESTER: 12 credits Credits
OTA211: Clinical Practice I 6
OTA212: Clinical Practice II 6


These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

NOTE: While students will not be prohibited from pursuing the OTA program, students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal conviction may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the OTA program, attend fieldwork, sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the OTA Program Coordinator who will assist students to contact NBCOT for a full review. Applicants with a felony background who would like to clarify their status with regard to sitting for the NBCOT examination or obtaining state licensure are encouraged to write NBCOT at 800 S. Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 or telephone them at (301) 990-7979. Students with prior criminal convictions who are interested in pursuing this program should refer to the following procedure for additional information.