Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)
Trinity Washington University’s occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program leads to an associate of applied science degree. Trinity is the only university in the District of Columbia that offers a two-year Associates of Applied Science degree program to become an occupational therapy assistant (OTA). The degree program prepares students to work under the supervision of and in collaboration with an occupational therapist (OT). Occupational Therapy practitioners 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 OTA 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.
Students enrolled in Trinity’s A.A.S. in OTA program have the option of enrolling in a baccalaureate program. Students can earn their A.A. S. degree and a selected baccalaureate degree at the same time.
Featured CoursesOTA 100 Introduction to Occupational TherapyThis course will introduce the occupational therapy assistant student (OTA) to the role of occupational therapy in promoting the health and participation of people, organizations and populations through engagement in occupation. Topics include history, the professions philosophical base, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, AOTA official documents, and the delineation of roles between registered occupational therapist and certified occupational therapy assistant. The Occupational Adaption model will be introduced as a theoretical framework for the OTA program.
Prerequisites: BIOL 121, BIOL 122, MATH 108, SOCY 100, PSYC 101, PSYC 231, HPNU 120, ENGL 107. OTA 206 Management of OTThis course will focus on management and support tasks related to the OT process. OT ethics, roles and functions of regulatory agencies will be reviewed. Healthcare delivery and reimbursement systems will be discussed to ensure students are prepared for performing the OT process on fieldwork and beyond.
Prerequisites: BIOL 121, BIOL 122, MATH 108, SOCY 100, PSYC 101, PSYC 231, HPNU 120, ENGL 107, OTA 100, OTA 120, OTA 124, OTA 130, OTA 104, OTA 140, OTA 236, OTA 238 OTA 236 Interventions and Tools in Behavioral Health and Psychosocial RehabilitationThis course will examine the occupational therapy process in mental health practice. Topics include historical events in the development of psychosocial and mental health care throughout the life course, introduction of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), including comorbidities with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotropic drugs, use of theory, evaluation and data collection, evidence and occupation-based intervention, and issues that impact psychological and social factors of mental health and occupational performance. This class includes level I fieldwork experience. Level I fieldwork is designed to introduce students to a variety of settings and increase the student's comfort level with a diverse populations and diagnoses. Formerly OTA 134,
Prerequisites: BIOL 121, BIOL 122, MATH 108, SOCY 100, PSYC 101, PSYC 231, HPNU 120, ENGL 107, OTA 100, OTA 120, OTA 124, OTA 130 OTA 237 Interventions and Tools in Physical RehabilitationThis course will examine the occupational therapy process across the lifespan. Topics include a historic review of physical dysfunction, 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 literature will define this expanding OTA practice area. Clinical features, medical management, evidence based assessments and interventions, and the impact on occupational performance will be reviewed for diagnoses commonly treated in the adult population. This class includes level I fieldwork experience. Level I fieldwork is designed to introduce students to a variety of settings and increase the student's comfort level with a diverse populations and diagnoses.
Prerequisites: BIOL 121, BIOL 122, MATH 108, SOCY 100, PSYC 101, PSYC 231, HPNU 130, ENGL 107, OTA 100, OTA 120, OTA 124, OTA 130, OTA 104, OTA 140, OTA 236, OTA 238
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Occupational Therapy Academic Programs Fieldwork Coordinator
The occupational therapy assistant program at Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective April 1, 2017, for failure to comply with 2011 OTA Standard A.5.6 (certification exam pass rate). The program has been requested to submit a Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with the Standard within the mandated time period for correction. Trinity Washington University reviewed the above statement and had the opportunity to add comment prior to public posting. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E.) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.), is 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 to attain state licensure.
Trinity Occupational Therapy Assistant program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx