OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT
Workforce Development Degree
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 program.
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.