Occupational Therapy Assistant

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 14th-April 4th (starting 2019)

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by 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 numver c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status beofre its graduates will be eligibile to sit for National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all 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. The accreditation process is designed to facilitate develipment, and substantial support 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
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development 3 credit hours
  Total Credit Hours  23 credit hours


Application period will open January 14, 2019 and close April 4, 2019 for Fall 2019 enrollment.  The OTA program will accept 12 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.

Important Documents

            Application Packet

            OTA Application

            Admissions Rubric

            OTA Frequently Asked Questions

            OTA Observation Volunteer Record Form

            OTA Letter of Recommendation

            Immunization Requirements

            Approximate Costs & Fees

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

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

Date Location

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)

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at San Jacinto College has been granted candidacy status. We are currently in the process of pursuing full accreditation.

Our graduates will be eligible to take the national board exam after the program receives accrediation status. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT exam for professional certification and/or attain state licensure. 

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (MBCOT) 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 12/10 TBD
2021 TBD TBD
2022 TBD TBD

For more information, contact:

Kira Beal, OTR, OTD, CLT
Program Director

281-998-6150 x3086



Contact Information

Kira Beal, OTR, OTD, CLT
Program Director

281-998-6150 x3086


Richard Hind
Senior Administrative Assistant
281-998-6150 x3350


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