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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares students to use therapeutic modalities and procedures under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist. The OTA provides rehabilitative services to people with physical, psycho-social and developmental impairments as well as helps people of all ages regain independence and participate in daily activities. Occupational therapy assistants blend science, creativity, and compassion to help their clients develop skills and strategies to participate fully in meaningful life activities.

Occupational therapy assistants are skilled health care workers who provide direct patient care under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT). Work locations include but are not limited to rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and outpatient clinics.

Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, graduates are certified as occupational therapy assistants and are eligible to apply for state licensure.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Spring
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by Assessment on Placement Test0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
HCC146Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals (2) OR
Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the Gateway Health Core Curriculum Coordinator0-2
OTA100Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant Profession2
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Admission criteria

1. Formal application for admission to the program.
2. Completion of 20 observation hours, 10 in a pediatrics and 10 with adults. Completion of observation hour form filled out and signed by supervisor and turned in with program application.
3. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students comply with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
4. All clinical health and safety requirements must be met prior to program admission.
5. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes will result in cancellation of enrollment.
6. Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR Certificate.
7. There are limited spaces available in the OTA program. Only students who have completed all the program prerequisites listed here may have their name added to the queue of those waiting for an available space in a cohort.

Academic Plan: 
Occupational Therapy Assistant (DEG)

Students must obtain a C or better in all courses required within the program.

Students with other related health care experiences not listed on the following program preparatory options may request an evaluation for course competency equivalence for work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the Gateway Health Core Curriculum Coordinator.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
OTA102Psychosocial Health and Occupation3
OTA105Fieldwork: Psychosocial0.5
OTA107Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy3
OTA117Physical Health and Occupations3
OTA157Occupational Therapy Assistant in Physical Rehabilitation3
OTA201Assistive Technology2
OTA205Fieldwork: Geriatric0.5
OTA207Occupational Therapy Assistant in Geriatrics3
OTA215Fieldwork: Pediatric I0.5
OTA217Occupational Therapy Assistant in Pediatrics3
OTA234Occupational Therapy Assistant Professional Standards2
OTA255Fieldwork: Adult4
OTA265Fieldwork: Pediatric II4
OTA284Occupational Therapy Assistant Professional Transition2
PSY266Abnormal Psychology3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 9-11
General Education CoreCredits: 6-8
First-Year CompositionCredits: 3
Three (3) credits of First Year Composition are met by ENG101 or ENG107 in the Prerequisites area.
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM100 OR COM110 OR COM230 in Program Prerequisites area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
Met by CRE101 in the Program Prerequisites courses area.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3)3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 3
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by SOC101 in Program Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO201 or BIO202 in the Program Prerequisites area.
  • Integrate the occupational therapy practice framework throughout the OTA intervention process. (OTA102, OTA107, OTA117, OTA157, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Analyze occupational performance and activity demand. (OTA107, OTA117, OTA157, OTA201, OTA205, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Assess client factors, performance skills, and performance patterns that affect occupational performance. (OTA102, OTA107, OTA117, OTA157, OTA201, OTA205, OTA207, OTA215, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284, PSY266)
  • Integrate an awareness of biological, physical social, and behavioral sciences into OTA service provision. (OTA102, OTA107, OTA117, OTA157, OTA201, OTA205, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284, PSY266, SOC101)
  • Appraise environmental and contextual factors during the intervention process. (OTA107, OTA157, OTA201, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284, SOC101)
  • Modify treatment activities based on progress or changes in client or environmental factors. (OTA107, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Demonstrate effective professional written and verbal communication with clients, families, caregivers, supervisors and all other members of the health care team. (OTA102, OTA105, OTA107, OTA117, OTA157, OTA201, OTA207, OTA215, OTA217, OTA234, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Integrate therapeutic use of self into OTA interventions. (OTA105, OTA107, OTA117, OTA205, OTA207, OTA215, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth. (OTA105, OTA107, OTA201, OTA205, OTA217, OTA234, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Apply legal and ethical regulations to OTA practice. (OTA105, OTA107, OTA205, OTA207, OTA217, OTA215, OTA234, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Demonstrate civic engagement and an awareness of social, economic and political factors which affect health care provision. (OTA117, OTA157, OTA201, OTA207, OTA217, OTA234, OTA255, OTA265, PSY266, SOC101)
  • Create client-centered treatment activities which provide the appropriate level of challenge and address client goals, values, culture, beliefs, and the established occupational therapy goals. (OTA105, OTA117, OTA157, OTA205, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284, SOC101)
  • Consider potential discharge needs and plans during intervention process. (OTA201, OTA207, OTA217, OTA255, OTA265, OTA284)
  • Demonstrate competency with entry-level occupational therapy assistant intervention skills with clients of all ages. (OTA205, OTA215, OTA234, OTA255, OTA265)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.