Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Information

For more information on program accreditation, please see the San Jacinto College website: www.sanjac.edu/program/occupational-therapy-assistant.

Showing compassion and patience are strengths of those who choose occupational therapy for a career. You will assist patients to 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. 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; 23 credit hours are prerequisites and 37 credit hours of core courses; and
  • 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.

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 US 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 Therapist Assistant Median Salary: $70,8311 per year

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x3086.


South Campus

More Information

Program Offered: Every Fall Semester

Application Timeline: January 11th - April 6th, 2021


UPDATE: Applications for Fall 2021 enrollment will now close on April 6th, 2021. (Updated: 3/22/2021) The last day to drop-off your application in person is April 6th from 11:30am - noon or 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the entrance of Bldg. 6 on south campus. You must make an appointment using the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QP1OUf6OFU-BnzTlas8… There are no other drop of times for applications. 

You may also submit your application via email (PDF format) to otaprogram@sjcd.edu

Application period will open January 11, 2021 and close April 6th 2021 for Fall 2021 enrollment. The OTA program will accept 12 - 14 students. Applicants must meet the College’s general admission requirements. This does not guarantee admission to the program. Attend an information session for further details. 

**For information on spring 2021 application submission procedures, please see the "Requirements for Admission" section located below.


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


Observation Hours

The San Jacinto College OTA Program no longer requires observation hours. Applicants invited to the interview round will receive further directions and information to review before their interview to assess their knowledge of the OT profession. All communication will be provided via the email listed on the application packet.


Recommendation Forms

Three forms of recommendation are needed to apply to the OTA program. The forms are located on the website. Letters of recommendation are not accepted, only the forms. Points are awarded based on each form of recommendation. The max points allocated from each form is 40 points. We will take the sum of the three recommendation forms to identify your score for the admissions rubric. 

Application Submission Procedures

You may submit all required documents electronically by attaching them to one email and sending them to otaprogram@sjcd.edu

All documents must include G# and first and last name.  Please note that only scanned documents in PDF format will be accepted. Photos of documents will not be accepted.

In-person Application Submittal

If you are wanting to turn in your application in person, please click on the link below to make an appointment. You only need to select one date and time.

Additional in person application submission times/dates have been added. Application now closes on April 6th, 2021 (Updated 3/22/2021) 

Application Submittal: South Campus, Building 6 (Updated 2.19.21)

Make An Appointment


All visitors to the College MUST fill out a daily pre-screening form in order to be granted access to campus.

Please visit https://www.sanjac.edu/coronavirus for information on campus safety procedures and to access the daily pre-screening form.

All information sessions will be held as a Zoom webinar. See details below.

These sessions are not mandatory but highly recommended. You do not have to reserve a spot to attend. 

Date/Time Webinar Join Link

No information sessions available at this time. 

Licensure is based on successful completion of the NBCOT examination. A felony conviction  may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure. Any form of conviction results on a criminal background check may be cause for exclusion from admission to the program. Applicants have the right to request a criminal history evaluation from the applicable licensing agency

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)

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at San Jacinto College has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Our graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and can apply for state licensure in order to practice. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Pass Rates

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020* 12/8 67%
2021* 14/12 TBD
2022 12/12


Total 38/TBD TBD

*Students withdrew from program due to personal reasons.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Please click the following link, fill in the form and one of our representatives will get back to you with more information:

OTA Program Information Request Form