Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Showing compassion and patience are strengths of those who choose occupational therapy for a career. You’ll be able to assist patients develop, recover and improve skills for daily living.
As an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), you will work under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist in a variety of settings and situations from adults recovering from a stroke, to children and young adults with developmental disabilities. The patients and their needs are widely varied and each day holds new, rewarding challenges.
The San Jacinto College occupational therapy assistant program:
- Includes three Level I fieldwork experiences over the span of three semesters in the areas of pediatrics, mental health and physical disabilities. In the final semester, students complete Level II fieldwork which consists of two 8-week rotations in pediatrics or physical disability areas.
- Consists of 60 credit hours; 17 credit hours are prerequisites and 43 credit hours of core courses.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to test for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
OTAs work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, pediatric clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health and school systems.
Location: South Campus
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.-O.T.A.)
Duration: 5 terms
Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 43 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This adds 14,100 OTA professionals to the field.
According to the 2017 U.S. News Rankings, Occupational Therapy Assistants are ranked No. 1 in Best Health Care Support Jobs and No. 12 in the 100 Best Jobs.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Median Salary: $68,134*
*Source: Texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2015
Start of the program: Fall 2018*
Application Timeline: January 16th-March 1st (starting 2018)
The occupational therapy assistant program at San Jacinto College has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Applicants cannot be admitted to the OTA program until candidacy status is obtained. Currently, the OTA program will be notified in January 2018. The program must be granted candidacy status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation status before its graduates will be eligible for the national certification examintation for occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Students who enter developing programs are taking a risk that the program will not obtain accreditation and they will not be eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination. If you are uncomfortable with the risk involved in entering a developing program, it may be better for you to pursue one that is already accredited. However, the accreditation process is designed to facilitate development, and substantial support is provided to the program during the process. You may contact the OTA program director as well as the AOTA Accreditation Department at www.acoteonline.org should you have any questions.
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3 credit hours|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra||3 credit hours|
|BIOL 2301||Anatomy& Physiology I (lecture)||3 credit hours|
|BIOL 2101||Anatomy& Physiology I (lab)||1 credit hour|
|BIOL2302||Anatomy& Physiology II (lecture)||3 credit hours|
|BIOL 2102||Anatomy& Physiology II (lab)||1 credit hour|
|PYSC 2301||General Psychology||3 credit hours|
|PHIL 2306||Ethics||3 credit hours|
|Total Credit Hours||20 credit hours|
The OTA program will accept 12 students. Applicants must meet the College’s general admission requirements. Complete the OTA program application between January 16th and March 1st for fall enrollment. Early submission of the application will be on or before February 2nd. Attend an information session for further details.
Information Sessions: All information sessions will be held from 12 pm - 1pm & 6 - 7 pm in the Allied Health Building.
|Tuesday, December 5, 2017||S-1.117|
|Tuesday, January 9, 2018||
|Tuesday, January 30, 2018||
|Tuesday, February 6, 2018||
|Tuesday, February 20, 2018||S-1.117|
Resources for Occupational Therapy Assistant Information
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
National Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (NBCOT)
Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE)
For more information, contact:
Kira Beal, OTR, OTD, CLT