Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Science Degree 2020-2021

Completion of the following courses listed satisfies the prerequisites for program application as well as general education courses to obtain an Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant.


Program Course Prerequisites

Core Prerequisites:
Course Course Description Units
BIOL 5 or
BIOL 25
Human Biology or
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
4
COMM 10 Intercultural Communication 3
ENGL 1A Reading and Composition 4
PSY 38 or
CHDEV 38
Lifespan Development 3
HCA 5 Introduction to Health Care and Careers 3
OT 10 Medical Terminology 3
PSY 2 or
PSY 16 or
SOC 1A
General Psychology or
Abnormal Psychology or
Introduction to Sociology
3
MATH 11 or
STAT 7 or
MATH 45
Elementary Statistics or
Elementary Statistics or
Contemporary Mathematics
4 or 3
Additional Prerequisites:
Course Course Description Units
General Ed Additional General Education Requirements to satisfy the GE Pattern to complete the AS degree (Local GE, CSU-GE,IGETC)** varied

Core prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “c” or better.

General education and specified OTA Program Pre-requisite coursework must be completed prior to beginning the OTA program*

*Courses may be “in-progress” during the application process; official transcripts must demonstrate successful completion prior to starting the OTA program.

**Contact Counselor for details regarding General Education Pattern that meets your individualized educational and career goals.

Important: Please contact CTE counselor for specific information regarding the application process, updates, and specific details for OTA program application and admittance.

Brandon Huebert | CTE Counselor | 559.325.5230 | brandon.huebert@cloviscollege.edu


Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Science Degree 2020-2021

(Major C.4502.AS)

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are licensed health care professionals that work in variety of settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health settings, school-based settings, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, private-practice settings, and emerging areas of practice (e.g. jails, recreational/leisure, or community benefit organizations). The Associate in Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is designed to prepare each student for competent entry-level practice, be prepared to take and successfully pass the national certification examination and become a licensed as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Students completing the OTA Program will develop an understanding of the scope of practice for OTAs under the practice framework of Occupational Therapy in order to develop, restore, or maintain physical, cognitive, developmental and/or psychosocial aspects of functioning that impact participation in activities of daily living. The 16-month OTA program is designed as a cohort model, with a new cohort beginning each Spring semester.

Major requirements (70 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:


OTA Program Core Coursework:

Year 1 Spring Semester 12 Units
Course Course Description Units
OTA 1 Structural Foundations and Theory of Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 5 Documenting the Occupational Therapy Process 1
OTA 10 Functional Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology 3
OTA 11 Functional Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology Lab 1
OTA 30 Theory and Process in Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Conditions 3
OTA 32 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Conditions (Fieldwork Level I for OTA) 1
Year 1 Summer Semester 7 Units:
Course Course Description Units
OTA 2 Conceptual Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 20 Theory and Process in Psychosocial Dysfunction 3
OTA 21 Theory and Process in Psychosocial Dysfunction Lab .5
OTA 22 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction (Fieldwork Level I for OTA) .5
Year 1 Fall Semester 11 Units:
Course Course Description Units
OTA 3 Management of Occupational Therapy Services 3
OTA 4 Contemporary Models and Emerging Practice in Occupational Therapy 1
OTA 6 Clinical Reasoning and Electronic Documentation in Occupational Therapy 1
OTA 40 Theory and Process in Physical Dysfunction 4
OTA 41 Theory and Process in Physical Dysfunction Lab 1
OTA 42 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Physical Dysfunction and Emerging Practice (Fieldwork Level I for OTA) 1
Year 2 Spring Semester 13 Units:
OTA 50 Fieldwork Level II for the OTA #1 6.5
OTA 51 Fieldwork Level II for the OTA #2 6.5

Note: All OTA courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better per OTA program grading guidelines.
All required and core courses must be completed prior to going on to fieldwork II.

Additional Information

  1. Students demonstrate the ability to respond and react appropriately in various Occupational Therapy practice environments where Occupational Therapy could be utilized, to prepare them to obtain an entry-level position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based activities to maximize independence for all age groups, disabilities, and occupational roles.
  3. Students will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants.

The Clovis Community College associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before our graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) www.nbcot.org. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Per ACOTE timelines, candidacy status approval for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Clovis Community College March 2020, first class start in January 2021, the initial report on self-study due July 2021, pre-accreditation decision on December 2021, initial on-site evaluation on February/March 2022, with accreditation decision to be provided April 2022. If ACOTE withholds accreditation due to the OTA program not being in substantial compliance with accreditation standards, all of the OTA core course units are void and non-transferrable to another institution. Should accreditation be withheld? The OTA program at Clovis Community College has the opportunity to appeal the decision. In the event of non-accreditation, the OTA program faculty will assist students in identifying other institutions of higher education in order to meet individual educational goals.

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant students are required to complete the 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Important Note: Individuals considering entering the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime will be unable to complete the course and program objectives. Applicants with a history of any matters that may flag a background check and/or drug screening should contact the OTA program director for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program.

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2020-2021 Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Science Degree