Curriculum & Outcomes

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) 
Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree 

99 Credits

The mission of the OTA Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree (AAS-T)Program at LWTech is to prepare students with the skill base, fund of knowledge, ethical base, understanding and demonstration of the behaviors required to successfully assume the roles required of occupational therapy assistants in the current environments of OT Practice.

In congruence with the mission of the college at large, the focus is on successful workforce education of individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, giving them the skills, knowledge and attitudes to successfully gain employment and cope successfully with ever-changing workforce requirements. We will provide our students with an engaging curriculum which encourages life-long learning, and high standards of occupational therapy assistant practice.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T degree prepares students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, client homes, long term care facilities, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, school systems, and mental health centers. Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) provide occupational therapy services with the direction and supervision of occupational therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) 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, Maryland 20814-3449. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. The website for ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org . Graduates of the Program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for OTAs administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Washington State requires licensure to practice as a COTA.

Student Outcomes for Academic Years 2011-2013

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc., (NBCOT) test score pass rate report:

Year

# of Program
Graduates

# of First Time
Test Takers

# of First Time Test
Takers Who Passed

% of First Time Test
Takers Who Passed

2011

13

12

10

83%

2012

15

14

14

100%

2013

17

18

17

94%

Total

45

44

41

93%

Additional information about our graduates' certification exam pass rates, along with those of other schools, are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Be eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Teach patients or clients to manage basic activities of daily living, such as dressing and grooming
  • Teach exercise and purposeful activities to increase coordination, strength, and work tolerance
  • Assist the occupational therapist with assessments of patient function
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

All Occupational Therapy Assistant students must complete all Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Date: Fall

Program Prerequisites:

  • High School completion or GED®
  • 50 hours of observation in two community or health care settings where occupational therapists or assistants are employed
  • Minimum of a 3.0 grade in each of the course prerequisites for OTA 101

The following courses are prerequisites for OTA 101:

BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
MEDA 116 Medical Terminology 5

The following are required prior to the start of 2nd quarter:

  • IFAD 162 First Aid/CPR for Health Care Providers (or equivalent)
  • IFAD 216 HIV/AIDS Traning (or equivalent)
  • National criminal background check documentation

Program Requirements

OTA 101 Conditions in Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 110 Foundations for Occupational Therapy Assistants 5
OTA 112 Functional Movement & Kinesiology I 5
OTA 113 Assistive Technology 3
OTA 120 Professional Communication in Healthcare 3
OTA 121 Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation I 5
OTA 131 Human Activity and Occupational Performance 5
OTA 132 Functional Movement & Kinesiology II 2
OTA 133 Professional Topics in Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 142 Fieldwork Level IA 1
OTA 143 Seminar IA 1
OTA 210 Occupational Therapy Process and Pediatrics 5
OTA 211 Occupational Therapy Process and Mental Health 5
OTA 214 Functional NeuroRehabilitation 3
OTA 215 Fieldwork Level IB 1
OTA 216 Seminar IB 1
OTA 225 Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation II 5
OTA 226 Occupational Therapy Assistant Capstone 5
OTA 227 Occupational Therapy with Older Adults 2
OTA 228 Fieldwork Level IC 1
OTA 229 Seminar IC 1
OTA 230 Fieldwork: Level IIA 10
OTA 231 Seminar IIA 2
OTA 240 Fieldwork: Level IIB 10
OTA 241 Seminar IIB 2

*Academic Core Requirements - 10 Credits

CMST& 220 Introduction to Public Speaking 5
or
CMST& 230 Small Group Communication 5
MATH& 146 Statistics 5
Total Program Credits99

 See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above

*These must be completed by the beginning of the 5th term. It is recommended that the Academic Core requirements be taken before the student enters the program. Admission requirements include a National Criminal background check, current AIDS training certificate (7 hour course), CPR certification for health care providers, and high school diploma or GED®.