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FY 2009

Austin Community College

FY 2009 Degree Plan

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Austin Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares students to work collaboratively with and under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists. Courses provide students with clinical information and practical field experiences necessary to promote, restore or adapt functional performance in daily activities to individuals of all ages experiencing disease, disability or developmental delay. Physical, emotional, social and developmental disabilities are presented in depth enabling students to treat a wide range of conditions. In cooperation with both academic instructors at ACC and clinical instructors in local health care settings, students apply occupational therapy principles, treatment interventions and patient skills necessary to observe, plan and carry out treatment orders, document progress and prepare therapeutic equipment and supplies necessary for professional practice. Common settings include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, public health agencies, public schools, early intervention programs, mental health facilities nursing homes and private practice.

Students should expect to spend two (2) years, including summers, for a total of six (6) semesters to complete the required coursework for the program.

This course of study has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), AOTA P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda MD 20824-1220; 301-652-2682). State licensure is required in the State of Texas for occupational therapy assistants by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, (TBOTE, 333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 2-510, Austin, TX 78701-3942; 512-305-6900). The faculty of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are initially licensed by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, and adhere to the current Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.

Graduates are eligible for national certification as an occupational therapy assistant (COTA) by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150; 301-990-7979). Following completion of their academic preparation for occupational therapy assistants, applicants for the certification examination and licensure must provide necessary information regarding drug, alcohol or conviction history for determination of licensure eligibility. ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE O.T.A. PROGRAM. Admission criteria may be obtained from the occupational therapy assistant office or by visiting the OTA Program website at Students accepted into the program are required to have a physical examination, provide documentation of immunizations and verify annual tuberculosis status.

A criminal background Check will be required of students as mandated by law or as a condition of program approval/accreditation.

Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the program's Web Page through a link at or by contacting the health sciences admissions Office Eastview campus Room 8356.

Prior to Acceptance & Enrollment in OTHA 1305
ENGL1301 English Composition I 3
PSYC2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4

Mathematics1 3

Fall Semester
Principles of Occupational Therapy 3
Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 4

Oral Communication1 3
Human Growth and Development 3
Essentials of Medical Terminology PCM 1

Spring Semester
Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy 3
Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 3
Therapeutic Interventions I 3
Clinical - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Pediatric Level I 1
Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence 3

Summer Semester
Neurology in Occupational Therapy 2
Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II 3
Abnormal Behavior 3

Fall Semester

Humanities/Fine Arts1 3
Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 3
Therapeutic Interventions II 3
Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 3
Clinical - Occupational Therapist Assistant 1

Spring Semester
Occupational Performance for Elders 2
Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Level 2 2
Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy 2

Summer Semester
Workplace Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant 3
Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Level 2 2


1 Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.

Degree Plans updated June 04, 2010 1:31pm
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