DEGREE: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
DIVISION: ALLIED HEALTH
An occupational therapy assistant helps persons who are impaired due to injury or illness, emotional disorder, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or the aging process. The rehabilitation services administered by an Occupational Therapy Assistant are used to maximize ability, maintain health, and prevent disability. Specific tasks may include teaching or adapting daily living skills, enhancing functional performance with exercises or crafts, developing perceptual and/or motor skills, or enhancing social skills. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is 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. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is an Associate of Applied Science degree program, which accepts one class each year, starting in the fall semester and extending for four full-time daytime semesters. The program has limited enrollment. Prospective students should contact the Allied Health Admissions office to initiate application procedure. The deadline for application to the program is May 15.
To be eligible to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Successfully complete all prerequisite general education and required related courses.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all college courses.
- Have completed a minimum of 30 clock hours of observation, volunteer or work experience in two different occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of two different licensed occupational therapists. Additional hours are recommended.
- Be able to meet program’s technical standards.