2022-2023 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 college and OTA program requirements. Qualified applicants will be notified via my.tridenttech.edu email indicating the year that they have been admitted. Classes begin Summer Semester of each year.

In addition to meeting the college's general admission requirements, including submission of official high school and college transcripts, APPLICANTS TO THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Complete the Health Sciences Application through the TTC Portal.
  2. Provide proof that all general education courses (prerequisite courses) required in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program have been completed.
    1. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
    2. Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in the two required science (BIO 210 and BIO 211) and math (MAT 120) courses.
  3. Laboratory science courses and AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary/Anatomy must have been taken within five years of acceptance into the program.
  4. Complete the 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.
  5. Complete the OT Observation Video on the TTC OTA Portal page and achieve a score of 100% on the quiz following the video.
  6. Submit a Statement of Completion form online. The link to the form can be found on the Health Sciences webpage.


General Admission Procedures for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

  1. 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.
  2. Students will 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 term/semester, 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.