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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 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 or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.

  Prior to Acceptance & Enrollment in OTHA 1305 Credit Hours
  ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
    BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4
    Mathematics1 3
  Fall Semester (First Year)
  OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy 3
  OTHA 1409 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 4
  PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development 3
  Spring Semester (First Year)
  OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy 3
  OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 3
  OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
  OTHA 1162 Clinical - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Pediatric Level I 1
  OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth Through Adolescence 3
  Summer Semester (First Year)
  OTHA 2204 Neurology In Occupational Therapy 2
  OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II 3
  OTHA 1163 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant - Psycho Social Level I 1
    SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3
  Fall Semester (Second Year)
  OTHA 2331 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 3
  OTHA 2305 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
  OTHA 2209 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 2
  OTHA 1161 Clinical-Occupational Therapist Assistant - Adult Level I 1
  Spring Semester (Second Year)
  OTHA 1253 Occupational Performance for Elders 2
  OTHA 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Level 2 2
  OTHA 2235 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy 2
  Summer Semester
  +#  OTHA 2330 Workplace Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant 3
  +#  OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapist Assistant - Level 2 2

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course
  1Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.
  2It is strongly recommended that HPRS 1106 be taken in the same semester as OTHA 1305 and OTHA 1409.