Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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.

Type: Technical

Location: South Campus

Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.-O.T.A.)
Duration: 5 terms

Career Opportunities
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.

Earning Potential
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.

Important Documents

            Application Packet

            OTA Application

            Admissions Rubric

            OTA Frequently Asked Questions

            OTA Observation Volunteer Record Form

            OTA Letter of Recommendation

Information Sessions: All information sessions will be held from 12 pm - 1pm & 6 - 7 pm in the Allied Health Building.

Date   Location
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
Program Director

281-998-6150 x3086


Contact Information

Contact Info: 
Kira Beal, OTR, OTD, CLT, Program Director
281-998-6150 ext. 3086
Anum Fatima, Senior Administrative Assistant
281-998-6150 ext 3094

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