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Associate of Applied Science
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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Chair
Wendi Pool
Morton Hall (Russellville)
(479) 880-4175

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Lindsey Peck

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field of as Occupational Therapy Assistants. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, provides rehabilitative services to individuals with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities. The COTA's purpose is to improve a client's quality of life and enhance his/her ability to perform daily activities. COTAs provide clients with adaptive skills that enable them to reenter the workforce, instruct clients in compensating for a loss of motor skill function, and plan activities that increase the independence of those with disabilities.

The 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, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of this program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a COTA. In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must also hold a current CPR for Health Care Providers certification prior to the first day of class. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Curriculum Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree
(71 Semester Credit Hours)

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
BST 1303
COMS 1003
COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
Microcomputer Applications
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
HSCI 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HSCI 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 3
MATH 1003
MATH 1113
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Total 15
BIOL 1014
PHSC 1013
PHSC 1021
Introduction to Biological Science
Introduction to Physical Science
Introduction to Physical Science Lab
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HSCI 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II
(prerequisite: HIT 1123)
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 13
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the OTA courses below.  
OTA 2102 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 2111 Level I Field Work A 1
OTA 2112 Modalities for Human Conditions I LAB 2
OTA 2122 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation LAB 2
OTA 2132 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation 2
OTA 2142 Medical Conditions for the OTA 2
OTA 2152 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions I 2
OTA 2221 Documentation for Occupational Therapy 1
Total 14
OTA 2162 Management and Licensure for the OTA 2
OTA 2202 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning
(prerequisite: OTA 2102)
OTA 2211 Level I Field Work B 1
OTA 2212 Modalities for Human Conditions II LAB 2
OTA 2232 Group Processes and Dynamics
(prerequisite: OTA 2102)
OTA 2242 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning LAB 2
OTA 2252 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions II 2
OTA 2262 Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation 2
Total 15
Summer I
OTA 2302 OTA Professional Development 2
OTA 2312 Modalities for Human Conditions III LAB
(prerequisites: OTA 2212 and OTA 2232)
OTA 2352 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions III 2
Total 6
Summer II
OTA 2414 Level II Field Work A 4
Total 4
OTA 2424 Level II Field Work B 4
Total 4