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 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 the performance of purposeful activity in work, play and self-care.
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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is (301) 652-6611 (x2042). The web address is www.acoteonline.org.
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. 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.
Students are required to successfully pass all coursework and fieldwork requirements to be eligible for graduation. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification exam following graduation. Graduates are required to pass the NBCOT exam in order to apply for NYS licensure. NYS licensure is required for employment in NYS.
The total number of graduates from the Suffolk County Community College Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 75, with an overall graduation rate of 74%.
Program and Course Information
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.
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|
|MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION|
|Direct from high school||Continuing Student|
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|
|MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED||64|
|♦||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.
Program Learning Outcomes provide you with an overview of the skills and knowledge you will attain after graduating from the Suffolk County Community College's degree or certificate programs.