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Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate of Applied Science

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Degree Code: OTHA.AAS
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The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.

ACOTEs telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.6611 and Web address is

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares practitioners who contribute to occupational therapy by performing a variety of functions under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. The curriculum provides theory, lab practice, and clinical experiences to produce competency to provide quality patient care.

Upon graduation, the graduate will be eligible to become a licensed occupational therapy assistant by successfully passing the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The State of Texas also requires the OTA to be licensed by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners.

A student has five years to complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum after official acceptance and enrollment in the first occupational therapy (OTHA) course.

Contact the program director for more information.

Marketable Skills

As an entry-level occupational therapy assistant, graduates will demonstrate:

1. Ability to use critical thinking, clinical reasoning, judgment, and problem-solving skills to apply evidence-based occupational therapy interventions

2. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, and work both intra- and

inter-professionally with all who provide services and programs for persons, groups, and populations.

3. Ability to be a lifelong learner to keep current with evidence-based professional practice

4. Active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy

5. Reliability and responsibility as part of the healthcare team.

ENGL 1301 Composition I or
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing
3 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2 hours
Total hours:12 hours

Semester I

OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy 3 hours
OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance 3 hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3 hours
OTHA 2201 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy 2 hours
15 hours

Semester II

OTHA 1309 Human Structure & Function in OT 3 hours
OTHA 2209 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 2 hours
Language, Philosophy, & Culture elective or
Creative Arts elective
3 hours
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupation 3 hours
11 hours

Summer Semester

OTHA 1161 Clinical I (Level I Fieldwork) 1 hours
OTHA 1253 Occupational Performance for Elders 2 hours
OTHA 2211 Abnormal Psychology in OT 2 hours
5 hours

Semester III

OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I 3 hours
OTHA 2231 Physical Function in OT 2 hours
OTHA 1162 Clinical II (Level I Fieldwork) 1 hours
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations/Act II 3 hours
9 hours

Semester IV

OTHA 2266 Fieldwork Experience Level II 2 hours
OTHA 2235 Healthcare Management in OT 2 hours
4 hours

Summer Semester

OTHA 2230 Workplace Skills for OTA 2 hours
OTHA 2267 Fieldwork Experience Level II 2 hours
4 hours
Total hours:48 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Theater Appreciation 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
DRAM 2366 Film Appreciation 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1307 Music Literature 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

ENGL 2321 British Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2322 British Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2323 British Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2326 American Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2327 American Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2328 American Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2331 World Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2332 World Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2333 World Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature 3 hours
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I 3 hours
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I 3 hours
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I 3 hours
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities II 3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions 3 hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3 hours
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I 3 hours
SGNL 2301 Intermediate ASL I 3 hours