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Occupational Therapy Assistant: Parent Program (code: EA77)     

Associate in Science Degree

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in hospitals, long term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and schools. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take to take the national certification examination administered by the NBCOT and apply for state licensure. See the OTA page on the college website ( for the most current program information.

Occupational Therapy Assistants develop, administer and modify treatment plans based on the assessment and recommendation of Registered Occupational Therapists. The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to assist people in maximizing independence after illness, trauma, disability, or injury has altered their physical, emotional, or mental abilities.

The curriculum combines the general college core courses in the humanities and sciences with clinical courses. Area school and health care facilities provide the environment where students study occupation, dysfunction, interpersonal skills, treatment planning, and intervention skills.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of occupation in treatment.
  • Utilize treatment planning principles and techniques that demonstrate sensitivity to the whole person including physical, cognitive, social, emotional, economic, and cultural diversity factors.
  • Develop and implement a plan of treatment using appropriate modifications and grading.
  • Demonstrate effective communication techniques with patients, families, caregivers, peers, and supervisors.
  • Understand how OT service provision is influenced by social responsibility.
  • Recognize, assess, take action, and accommodate unique treatment situations as they arise.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors with patients, families, caregivers, peers, and supervisors.
  • Collaborate with patients, families, and teams to provide efficient, effective, and respectful care plans and treatment.

Admission to the Program

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program must present credentials matching the following guidelines:

All students must have completed all required developmental course work and have earned 12 college credits. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for entrance into this program. Regardless of courses taken, students must pass the OTA Admission Essay Exam. All students must attend a mandatory program information session.

Admission to the program is selective and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Criteria including but not limited to completion of non-OTA courses, quality of exploratory assignments, GPA, and number of attempts for completion of courses may be used in the decision process. Additional admissions requirements include an interview, approved volunteer experiences and a structured report of an observation of an Occupational Therapist (Please see application packet for guidelines). Application deadline is June 1st prior to the anticipated fall entry date.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining the most current OTA application requirements and paperwork at a mandatory information session.

Program Requirements and Accreditation

Students are required to obtain a grade of "B" or higher in BIO* E105 and a grade of “C” or higher in all other OTA courses for progression in the program. Students are also required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, uniforms, and to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical assignments. All students complete a criminal background check at their own expense. In addition to having a physical examination within six months prior to entering the practicum, students must also provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B, various communicable diseases by titer or proof of immunization, and a negative PPD. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required before starting Level 2 practicum. All students placed on fieldwork assignments are required to show proof of health insurance.

In addition to academic requirements, students must meet non academic essentials and technical standards in order to complete the program. A separate Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook details additional requirements specific to the program.

Students must complete all Level 2 Practicum work within 18 months following the completion of academic preparation. For more information on the program and to downlaod an application packet visit the OTA program page on the HCC web site.

Students are subject to a drug screening and criminal background check prior to Fieldwork placement. Commission of a felony may effect a student's ability to take the national exam.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Housatonic Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

Coursework for the program

OTA faculty will guide accepted students in developing a sequence of courses.
Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year

  ENG* E101
  BIO* E117
Biological Basis of Health and Disease    
  PSY* E111
General Psychology I    
  OTA* E111
Foundations of Occupational Therapy    
  OTA* E115
Occupational Therapy Assistant I    
  ENG* E102
Literature & Composition    
  OTA* E121
  OTA* E123
Occupational Therapy Assistant II    
  OTA* E113
Task Analysis    
  OTA* E125
Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy    

Sophomore Year

  Fine Arts
3 - 4
  Psychology 1
  OTA* E213
Occupational Therapy Assistant III    
  OTA* E217
Case Studies in Occupational Therapy    
  Social Science
  OTA* E219
Occupational Therapy Assistant Seminar    
  OTA* E127
Occupation in Treatments    
  OTA* E221
Professional Preparation    
  OTA* E231
Clinical Practicum - Level IIA    
  OTA* E233
Clinical Practicum - Level IIB    

Total Credits 

66 - 67

1 Upper level Psychology course required. PSY* E245 (Abnormal Psychology) or PSY* E202 (Child Psychology & Development) highly recommended.

Note: For degree completion the student must complete the Computer Literacy Requirement.

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