Status: AWARD PLAN PUBLISHED
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, 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.
The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 licensed by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, and adhere to the current Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.
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, Inc. (NBCOT, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 208-4150; 301-990-7979). To be certified, an individual must: graduate from an accredited occupational therapy program; successfully complete all occupational therapy fieldwork requirements; and pass the NBCOT certification examination. After successful completion of this 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 the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.
In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.
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 at www.austincc.edu/health/ or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.