Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)
Our occupational therapy assistant (O.T.A.) program leads to an associate of applied science degree. This degree prepares students to work under the supervision of and in cooperation with an occupational therapist (O.T.) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.
Our O.T.A. students are prepared to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community based programs, nursing homes, private practices and other emerging practice areas.
If you are a student in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) and you wish to complete a Bachelor’s degree in addition to the O.T.A. Associate’s degree, we offer dual degree pathways for O.T.A. students in psychology, human relations, and health science.
Featured CoursesOTA 120 Movement in Everyday ActivitiesThis course will focus on kinesiology concepts and basic principles of biomechanics to understand how movement affects occupational performance. Topics include formal and informal assessment of movement as well as analysis of movement in areas of occupation.
Prerequisites: None OTA 124 Pathology for the OT PractitionerThis course examines specific conditions or diagnosis seen in occupational therapy practice. Musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and general topics in clinical medicine will be investigated with emphasis on etiology, basic pathogenesis, commonly observed signs and symptoms, course, prognosis, and precautions. Concepts of health, illness and disability will be addressed in relationship to theories used in occupational therapy practice as well as the effects of a condition on occupational performance and occupational well-being.
Prerequisites: None OTA 128 Rehabilitative/Universal/ Assistive TechnologiesThis course will introduce the OTA student to technology used to increase, maintain or improve occupational performance in persons with disabilities. Topics include: low and high technology devices, communication and mobility aids, orthotics/prosthetics, positioning devices, computer programs, physical agent modalities (PAMS), and universal design.
Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 124, and OTA 130 OTA 130 Analysis of Occupations Across the LifespanThis course will examine the concepts of occupation in relation to the self and through observation of others engaging in occupations. Students learn how to apply occupation to the profession of occupational therapy through activity analysis and activity synthesis. Topics include basic conceptual foundations of occupational science, evolution of occupation across the lifecourse and use of purposeful activities as therapeutic tools to enhance occupational engagement.
Prerequisites: None OTA 138 Intervention and Tools in GeriatricsThis course will examine the occupational therapy process in geriatrics. Topics include trends and concepts of aging, health and well-being, health equity and determinants of health that interfere with participation in daily occupations. Use of theory, evidence and occupation-based interventions and review of current geriatric literature will define this expanding OTA practice area. The Life Style ReDesign® model will be used as an example to create programs for older adults with and without disabilities.
Prerequisites: OTA 100, 110, 120, 124, and 130 OTA 234 Intervention and Tools in Adult RehabilitationThis course will examine the occupational therapy process in physical dysfunction practice. Topics include history, trends and OT management of acute and chronic neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, oncology and infectious conditions; use of theory, evaluation and data collection, evidence and occupation-based intervention, as well as clinical pharmacology. Emphasis will be placed on client factors and its affect on occupational performance.
Prerequisites: OTA 100, 104, 110, 114, 120, 124, 128, 130, 134, and 138
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ms. Tasha Champagne, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E.) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. A.C.O.T.E.’s telephone number, c/o A.O.T.A., is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program 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 (N.B.C.O.T.). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (C.O.T.A.). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the N.B.C.O.T. Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the N.B.C.O.T. certification examination or attain state licensure.