Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Credits: 72
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals who have limitations. These limitations may include physical or mental health and developmental or learning abilities. Individuals may also be limited by poverty and cultural differences or the aging process. OT is used to prevent disability, and maintain health in the areas of work, play, leisure, education, communication interaction and activities of daily living.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program includes general and technical courses and supervised fieldwork experiences. The Level II Fieldwork experience must be completed within 18 months of finishing the OTAC academic courses. The Level II Fieldwork courses, OTAC 2225 and OTAC 2235, may be taken in the 2nd summer semester or the 3rd fall semester.

Enrollment in the OTA program may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. Acceptance by the College does not constitute acceptance into the OTA program. Students are considered to be "Pre-OTA" until they have been accepted to enroll in OTA courses. Interested students must complete an OTA program application in order to be considered for enrollment in the OTA program. Students interested in enrolling in this major are encouraged to contact OTA faculty to find out specific requirements for admission into this program.

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 (NBCOT) 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 (301) 990-7979. After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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Employment

Career opportunities include: Occupational Therapy Assistants for acute and long term care facilities, schools and community agencies. The OTA works under the supervision of an OT. An OTA is also qualified to work without supervision as a Director of an activities program.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the state of Minnesota is $21.85 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 28.6%, a very high-growth career.


Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
OTAC 1001 Intro to OT 2
OTAC 1115 Disability/Disease Proc 2
OTAC 1125 Phys Hlth Foundations 3
OTAC 1135 Psychosocial Foundations 3
OTAC 1145 Scholarship I 1
OTAC 1155 Movement for Occupations 3
OTAC 2015 Ped Community Practice 2
OTAC 2025 Ped Physical Health 5
OTAC 2035 Ped Psychosocial 5
OTAC 2045 Scholarship II 2
OTAC 2115 Adult Community Practice 2
OTAC 2125 Adult Physical Health 5
OTAC 2135 Adult Psychosocial 5
OTAC 2145 Scholarship III 1
OTAC 2155 Professional Topics 2
OTAC 2225 Physical Health Fieldwork 6
OTAC 2235 Psychosocial Fieldwork 6
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 2215 Abnormal Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDITS: 72
 

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