2020-2021 Catalog

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

76 Credit Hours

The program prepares students to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants. Successful completion of this examination entitles the individual to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.


ACOTE c/o American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

General Education Core Requirements

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3

Total:   15

Major Requirements

AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary-Anatomy 3
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
OTA 101 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 102 Therapeutic Processes 2
OTA 105 Therapeutic Analysis in Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 142 OTA Clinical Introduction I 1
OTA 144 OTA Clinical Introduction II 1
OTA 155 Gerontology 2
OTA 159 Psychosocial Dysfunction I 1
OTA 161 Psychosocial Dysfunction II 2
OTA 164 Physical Dysfunction 6
OTA 176 Pediatric Development and Dysfunction 4
OTA 203 Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 245 Occupational Therapy Departmental Management 2
OTA 262 OTA Clinical Application I 7
OTA 264 OTA Clinical Application II 7
PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
SPC 209 Interpersonal Communication 3

Total:   61

Applicants will be admitted to this program on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applicants are considered to be qualified for admission to the next available class when they meet all TTC and
OTA program requirements. Classes begin Summer Semester of each year.


  1. General College Admission Requirements
    Achieve admission to TTC by meeting the college’s requirements for associate degree programs. See college admission procedures. Please note that applicants not achieving appropriate test scores will be required to complete courses indicated by placement test scores.
  2. Program Progression Requirements
    Applicants should ensure that each of the following progression requirements is on file in the Admissions office as soon as it is completed. Information may be submitted in person or by mail to:
    Trident Technical College
    Admissions Office, AM-M
    (Student Center, Bldg. 410, Room 110)
    P.O. Box 118067
    Charleston, SC 29423-8067

    Upon admission to the College and submission of official high school and college transcripts, complete the online Health Sciences Application through the TTC Portal. Once the application is received, complete the following prerequisite steps:

    1. Provide proof that all general education courses (prerequisite courses) required in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Laboratory science courses and AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary/Anatomy must have been taken within five years of acceptance into the program.

    2. Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in the two required science (BIO 210 and BIO 211) and math (MAT 120) courses.
    3. Complete the online Information Session on the TTC Portal page for Occupational Therapy Assistant and achieve a score of 100% on the online quiz following the session to verify the information was reviewed and understood.

    4. Submit to the Admissions Office a completed Observation form documenting a minimum of 40 hours spent in facilities that provide Occupational Therapy services. The observation hours must be equally divided between two different occupational therapy settings. The applicant is responsible for the observation experience. Forms may be found on the TTC OTA webpage and the OTA Portal page.
  3. General Admission Procedures for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 
    Applicants who meet college and program requirements will be considered qualified and will be admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Qualified applicants will be notified via my.tridenttech.edu email indicating the year and semester that they have been admitted. Students will be required to provide a completed, current Health Sciences – Student Health Record including all immunizations and titers, TB (PPD) tests, as well as current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, major medical insurance and medical professional liability coverage.

    Students will also be notified by my.tridenttech.edu email the date and time of the mandatory program orientation. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of seat in the program.

    Note: Falsification of any information submitted will make a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Course Progression
To progress to the next Occupational Therapy Assistant course, the student must complete all Occupational Therapy Assistant courses with a grade of C or better. The student must earn a grade of satisfactory on the final professional development evaluation each semester of the program.

Note: Students are responsible for transportation, meals and housing expenses during field work.