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Workforce Development Degree

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare a student to perform occupational therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs various treatment procedures delegated 
by the Registered Occupational Therapist to patients with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities. The Assistant also will work
 independently in programs to prevent disability and maintain health, such as Activity Director.


Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science


For More Information Contact:
Allied Health Services Division at Metro Campus:
(918) 595-7002 for program application form and any specific program information.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the 
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of
the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720
 Montgomery Lane, P O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's 
phone number is (301) 652-2682 (website: www.aota.org).
 Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification 
examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by
 the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
The total number of graduates who passed the National Board of 
Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination
 as first-time new graduate takers in 2008-2010 was 40 out of 41, which 
is a pass rate of 97.5%. During this 3-year period, the program had 41 
graduates. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will
 be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require
 licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on
the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Admission To The Program:
The program admits one class of 20 students each year in the 
summer term. Prospective students are required to complete
 the application process by January 15 of each year.


Procedures for Application:

1. Submit completed program application form and required
 materials by January 15 to the Allied Health Services Division located 
in the Alfred M. Philips Building, room MP458, 909 South Boston 
Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74119.

2. All prospective Occupational Therapy Assistant program students 
must complete an application for enrollment to the College, submit
their high school transcripts, ACT scores and previous college 
transcripts to the Metro Campus Registrar’s Office at 909 South
 Boston Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be 
considered for admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant

3. Acceptance to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee 
admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

4. Interviews will be granted to applicants who meet the programs 
minimum requirements. All interviewed applicants will be notified by 
mail regarding their selection status.

5. In order to enroll in courses that include a clinical component and
 are part of the program degree plan, students must receive clearance
on a criminal background check, including sex offender registry.
 Potential students need to be aware that drug testing and clearance 
is a requirement for participation in all clinical components.


General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 22


Biology 4 hours
ºBIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology


English 6 hours
*ENGL 1113 Composition I
*ENGL 1213 Composition II


Psychology 6 hours
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
and select one course from the following:
*PSYC 2023 Developmental Psychology
*PSYC 2193 Personality Theories


Social Science 6 hours
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present


Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 46


Occupational Therapy Assistant 46 hours
ºOCTA 1203 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
º*OCTA 1293 Introduction to Occupational Therapy II
º*OCTA 1303 Clinical Conditions, Terminology, and Skills
º*OCTA 1352 Neuro Anatomy and Physiology for OTAs
º*OCTA 1363 Applied Anatomy for OTAs
º*OCTA 1403 Therapeutic Media
º*OCTA 1483 Physical Disabilities
º*OCTA 1443 Psychosocial Theory and Practice
º*OCTA 1502 Fieldwork I
º*OCTA 2203 Therapeutic Adaptations
º*OCTA 2233 Developmental Disabilities Theory and Practice
º*OCTA 2263 Current Trends in Occupational Therapy
º*OCTA 2356 Fieldwork II A
º*OCTA 2376 Fieldwork II B


Total Credit Hours: 68
*Course has prerequisite (See course description section of catalog).
º Course must be completed with a “C” or better.
It is recommended that students intending to pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy counsel with an OCTA faculty member to select appropriate electives.
NOTE: When you apply to write the certification examination with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies. For further information on these limitations, you may contact the NBCOT at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy 4720 Montgomery Lane P. O. Box 31220 Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.


General education requirements can be found at: www.tulsacc.edu/gened.