Occupational Therapy Assistant

Are you compassionate and patient? Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, and improve skills for daily living. Choose from a variety of employment opportunities – from working with children with developmental disabilities to helping adults recover from strokes.



 Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Perform fieldwork in pediatrics, mental health, and physical disabilities. After completing this empowering program, you’ll be eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam.

  • Applications accepted Jan. 17 – April 6, 2023
  • Program offered every fall semester
  • 60 credit hours

Program Info

 South Campus

Serving students in Southeast Houston, Pearland, Clear Lake, and Friendswood.

Contact Us

 281-998-6150 ext. 3141


Email: otaprogram@sjcd.edu


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).

ACOTE Contact Information:

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Telephone Number: (301) 652-6611 

The official website can be found here.

Application Information and Deadlines

The Fall 2023 application period will open January 16, 2024 and close April 5th, 2024 by 5:00pm. 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.


Application Drop Off

Online Application Portal 

Coming soon. 

In Person

South Campus Room:  S-1.251i

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 12 noon (by appointment only. Please email otaprogram@sjcd.edu to schedule a drop of time) 



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
BIOL 2302 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 will accept optional observation hours from a licensed OT or OTA as part of the application process. Please attend an information session for more information. 


Recommendation Forms

Three recommendations are needed to apply to the OTA program. The forms are located under Admission Documents section. No formal letters of recommendation are accepted. Points are awarded based on sum of all three recommendation forms. 


Admissions Documents

Application Packet (Updated June 2022)

OTA Application (updated June 2022)

Admissions Rubric (updated June 2022)

OTA Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 2022)

Recommendation Form (Updated June 2022)  

Immunization Requirements (Updated June 2022) 

GPS Report Instructions (Updated Feb 2022)


Background Check/Drug Screening 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.

Approximate Program Costs

See Approximate Costs & Fees PDF (updated May 2023).


Information Sessions

Information sessions are offered as a Zoom webinar or Face to Face on South Campus. See details below. These sessions are not mandatory but highly recommended.

**To sign up for a virtual session via Zoom, please fill out the Information Session Registration Form. A Zoom link will be emailed to you. 

Summer 2023 Dates/Times

On campus (In Person) 
South Campus room listed next to date
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm
Webinar (Virtual)
Thursday from 6 – 7 pm
July 12, 2023- TBD July 27, 2023
August 2, 2023- TBD August 10, 2023


Fall 2023 Dates/Times

On campus (In Person) 
South Campus room listed next to date
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm

Webinar (Virtual)
Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm

September 6, 2023 - TBD September 28, 2023 
October 11, 2023 - TBD  October 19, 2023 
November 8, 2023- TBD  November 30, 2023 


Spring 2024 Dates/Times 

On campus (In Person) 
South Campus room listed next to date
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm

Webinar (Virtual)
Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm

January 24, 2024- TBD February 1, 2024
February 7, 2024- TBD  February 15, 2024 
February 21, 2024- TBD  March 7, 2024 
March 20, 2024- TBD  
Program Outcomes

Our graduates are eligible to take 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.

Student Graduation Rates 

Student graduation rates are indicated per academic calendar year. Graduation occurs in May of each academic year. 

Graduation Year  Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020* 12/8 67%
2021* 14/12 86%
2022 12/12


2023* 12/11 91.67%
2024 12/TBD  TBD
**Total  38/32 86.17%

*Students withdrew from program due to personal reasons.

** Total students  from graduation year 2020-2023. 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Program Data 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available on the NBCOT website.


Resources and Important Documents

What is Occupational Therapy?

To read more about the OT profession, see AOTA What is Occupational Therapy PDF Brochure.



    More Occupational Therapy Assistant Resources

    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)

    Fieldwork Educator Resources

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



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