Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate of Applied Science


Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) are a vital member of the healthcare team. The everyday tasks that most of us take for granted - getting dressed or brushing our teeth, for instance - are an OTA's crowning achievements. These healthcare professionals help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed to get back into the routine of daily living and working. OTAs are directly involved in providing therapy to patients and work under the direction of an Occupational Therapist (OT). OTAs work primarily in hospitals, nursing care facilities, in home healthcare, and in schools. OTAs spend much of their time on their feet working with patients and engaging them in everyday activities.

Students may view admission information and obtain an application packet here: https://www.sanjac.edu/career/occupational-therapy-assistant

Plan of Study

South Campus

Plan of Study Grid
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra (or higher) 3
BIOL 2301
BIOL 2101
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
BIOL 2302
BIOL 2102
Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab)
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
First Term
OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 3
Second Term
OTHA 1241 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence 2
OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2231 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 2
OTHA 1160 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
Third Term
OTHA 2209 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 2
OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
OTHA 1253 Occupational Performance for Elders 2
OTHA 1161 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
Fourth Term
OTHA 1249 Occupational Performance of Adulthood 2
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II 3
OTHA 2235 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy 2
OTHA 1162 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
Fifth Term
OTHA 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experence) - Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experence) - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Note: Occupational Therapy Assistant students must earn a C or higher in all courses in the curriculum. Additionally, students must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.