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.
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.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Integrate the occupational therapy practice framework throughout the OTA intervention process.
- Analyze occupational performance and activity demand.
- Assess client factors, performance skills, and performance patterns that affect occupational performance.
- Integrate an awareness of biological, physical social, and behavioral sciences into OTA service provision.
- Appraise environmental and contextual factors during the intervention process.
- Modify treatment activities based on progress or changes in client or environmental factors.
- Demonstrate effective professional written and verbal communication with clients, families, caregivers, supervisors and all other members of the health care team.
- Integrate therapeutic use of self into OTA interventions.
- Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth.
- Apply legal and ethical regulations to OTA practice.
- Demonstrate civic engagement and an awareness of social, economic and political factors which affect health care provision.
- 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.
- Consider potential discharge needs and plans during intervention process.
- Demonstrate competency with entry-level occupational therapy assistant intervention skills with clients of all ages.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Occupational Therapy Assistants
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.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||Prerequisites: C or better in (BIO156, or BIO156XT, or BIO181, or BIO181XT, or 1 yr of high school biology) and (RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101). CHM130 or higher or one year of high school chemistry suggested but not required.||SG||4|
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|HU||Humanities, Fine Arts & Design||Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area 3||HU||3|
|BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO201 or BIO201XT.||SG||4|
|COM100 or |
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication||SB||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [(ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG100LL or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113)] or a grade of B or better in ALT100 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor.||OR Equivalent by assessment on Placement Test||L||0–3|
|HCC146||Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals||OR Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator||0–2|
|OTA100||Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant Profession||2|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||SB||3|
|OTA102||Psychosocial Health and Occupation||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and a grade of C or better in (OTA100 and PSY101). Corequisites: PSY266.||3|
|OTA105||Fieldwork: Psychosocial||Prerequisites: Admission to Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Corequisites: OTA102.||0.5|
|OTA107||Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in OTA100.||3|
|OTA117||Physical Health and Occupations||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in BIO202.||3|
|PSY266||Abnormal Psychology||Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor.||SB||3|
|SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||SB||3|
|OTA201||Assistive Technology||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in OTA157.||2|
|OTA234||Occupational Therapy Assistant Professional Standards||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in OTA157.||2|
|MAT140 or |
|College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review or Elements of Statistics||Prerequisites: An appropriate District placement, or a grade of C or better in (MAT052, MAT053, and MAT055), or (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT09+, or MAT103 or MAT114 or MAT115. or Prerequisites: An appropriate District placement, or a grade of C or better in (MAT052, MAT053, and MAT055), or (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT09+, or MAT103, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+. or Prerequisites: An appropriate District placement, or a grade of C or better in (MAT052, MAT053, and MAT055), or (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT09+, or MAT103, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+. or No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT14+, or MAT15+, or MAT187, or equivalent, or an appropriate District placement, or permission of Department/Division Chair.||MA or CS||3–6|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|OTA157||Occupational Therapy Assistant in Physical Rehabilitation||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.||3|
|OTA205||Fieldwork: Geriatric||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in OTA157. Corequisites: OTA207.||0.5|
|OTA207||Occupational Therapy Assistant in Geriatrics||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in OTA157.||3|
|OTA215||Fieldwork: Pediatric I||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in OTA157. Corequisites: OTA217.||0.5|
|OTA217||Occupational Therapy Assistant in Pediatrics||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in OTA157.||3|
|OTA255||Fieldwork: Adult||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in (OTA207, OTA217, and OTA234). Corequisites: OTA284.||4|
|OTA265||Fieldwork: Pediatric II||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in (OTA207, OTA217, and OTA234).||4|
|OTA284||Occupational Therapy Assistant Professional Transition||Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a grade of C or better in (OTA207, OTA217, and OTA234).||2|
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=145809).
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