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: $66,5881 per year

For more information contact 281-998-6150, x3086


South Campus

More Information

Start of the program: Fall 2018*

Application Timeline: January 13th - April 3rd (2020)



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 13, 2020 and close April 3, 2020 for Fall 2020 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.

Background Check Information

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.

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
Tuesday February 25, 2020 S-1.246 (12pm) / S-1.113 (6pm)
Tuesday March 17, 2020 S-1.246 (12pm) / S-1.113 (6pm)


Fieldwork Educator Resources

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator: Christine Joseph, OTR (281) 998-6150 X3949

Weekly Summary Form

Level II Site Visit Form

FW Educator Self Assessment Tool

Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience (SEFWE)

Copy of FWPE

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 program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status 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. The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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). 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.

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 TBD
2021 14/14 TBD
2022 TBD TBD


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