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Occupational Therapy Assistant
Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-514-1

 

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — This program prepares you to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), or for employment in related jobs. In the traditional setting, the COTA provides services under the supervision of an occupational therapist using goal-directed activities to prevent, lessen or overcome difficulty in attaining, maintaining or developing occupations: daily living skills, play, leisure and/or work skills. Services are provided in various environments including hospitals, geriatric centers, schools, and homes.

A healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is a prerequisite for entry into the fourth clinical course. Note that the OTA program must be completed within four years. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); see Accreditation Information below.

 

Future Opportunities — Graduates of this program will be able to write the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). When you apply to take the certification examination, you will be asked questions related to the topic of any felonies on your record. After successful completion of the exam, you will be a COTA.

To practice as an OTA, a graduate must apply for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. An applicant for state licensure may be required to complete an oral examination if the applicant has received inpatient or outpatient care for drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness, or has been convicted of a crime that substantially relates to the practice of occupational therapy.

For information on NBCOT Exam: 
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


Career Outlook
— The OTA can look forward to a positive job outlook. Opportunities can be found in traditional health care facilities as well as school, industry, community and residential environments for persons experiencing developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities and the results of aging. For additional career information, visit www.promoteot.org

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Adhere to the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession
  • Practice within the distinct role and responsibility of the occupational therapy assistant
  • Advocate for the profession, services and consumers
  • Value lifelong learning and the need to keep current with best practices
  • Apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes
  • Serve a diverse population in a variety of systems that are consistent with entry-level practice

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


The following are also required for admission:

 •   A high school diploma or GED
 •   One year of high school-level or one semester of college-level algebra, biology and chemistry;
                   with a grade of C or better for each course
 •   Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

 

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C or better in each course.

 

Accreditation Information — The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org.

 

Possible Careers:
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

 

Related Programs:
Physical Therapist Assistant
Registered Nursing
Respiratory Therapist

Start Date: August

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

 

(1)

 

OTASST-171

Introduction to Occupational Therapy ‡

3

 

(1)

 

OTASST-172

Medical and Psychosocial Conditions 

3

 

(1)

 

OTASST-173

Activity Analysis and Application ‡

2

 

(2)

 

OTASST-174

OT Performance Skills ‡ 

4

 

(2)

 

OTASST-176

OT Theory and Practice ‡

 

3

 

(2)

 

OTASST-177

Assistive Technology and Adaptations ‡

2

 

(2)

 

OTASST-178

Geriatric Practice ‡

 

3

 

(3)

 

OTASST-175

Psychosocial Practice ‡

3

 

(3)

OTASST-179

Community Practice ‡

2

 

(3)

OTASST-182

Physical Rehabilitation Practice ‡

3

(3)

OTASST-183

Pediatric Practice ‡

3

(3)

OTASST-184

OTA Fieldwork ‡

2

(4)

OTASST-185

OT Practice and Management # ‡

2

(4)

OTASST-186

OTA Fieldwork 2A * ‡ 

5

(4)

OTASST-187

OTA Fieldwork 2B * ‡

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

 

3

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

 

3

 

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

             
    NATSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡   4
             
      (or) NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202      
             

 

 

PSYCH-159

Abnormal Psychology

 

3

 

 

(or) PSYCH-232 Abnormal Psychology

 


PSYCH-188


Developmental Psychology

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology

 

 

 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series HIST or SOCSCI course

 

 

 

             

 

 

ELECTIVES

Suggested Electives: Three Credits Needed

 

3

 

 

 

HEALTH-107

Introduction to Computing for Healthcare

 

 

 

HEALTH-160

Study Strategies for Health Occupations

 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness

 

 

 

 

SOCSCI-210

Death and Dying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

 

# OTASST-172 and OTASST-185 are online courses.

* OTASST-186 and OTASST-187 must be completed within 18 months following academic coursework.

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C or better in each course.

OTA program must be completed within four years.

Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Page updated April 2014.