Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

Program Overview

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 graduate’s 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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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 Courses

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Required Courses

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

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