Course Formats & Semester Layout

A variety of course formats, both full- and part-time, are available to meet individual student needs. Students can take elective courses on a part-time basis prior to entering the program. However, full-time status is required once the student advances in the OTA curriculum sequence. OTA advisors will guide each student in making decisions regarding the individualized format best suited to his/her needs. Students intending to complete their degree requirements in four semesters may follow this suggested format. Be advised that the two-year format is very rigorous.  Most students find that a three-year format is advantageous.  Please speak to an advisor for more information.

2 YEAR FORMAT:

Semester 1

BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I*        
ENG 1530: English Composition II*        
PSY 1510: General Psychology I*        
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy        
OTA 1520: Medical Specialties        
OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I        

Semester 2

BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II*         
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology*        
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior*        
OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth-Young Adults        
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts & Techniques        
OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II        
OTA 1640: Therapeutic Groups        
OTA 1700: Fieldwork IA        

Semester 3

ENG 1540: Writing About Literature*
MAT 1500: Problem Solving* (or higher level math course. MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics is required for most baccalaureate programs.)
OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging        
OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic: Preparation for Practice        
OTA 2550: Technology & Environmental Apps for Living        
OTA 2560: OT Interventions Across Lifespan        
OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation        
OTA 2540: Fieldwork IB

Semester 4

OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA: Principles of Practice        
OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB: Service Management    
      
3 YEAR FORMAT:        

Semester 1
       
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I*        
ENG 1530: English Composition II*        
PSY 1510: General Psychology I*        

Semester 2
       
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II*        
MAT 1500: Problem Solving (or higher level math course. MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics is required for most baccalaureate programs.)*        
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology*        

Semester 3
       
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature*        
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy        
OTA 1520: Medical Specialties        
OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills I        
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior*        

Semester 4
       
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts & Techniques        
OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills II        
OTA 1640: Therapeutic Groups        
OTA 1700: Fieldwork IA        
OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth - Young Adult        
Elective        

Semester 5
       
OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging        
OTA 2540: Fieldwork IB        
OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic: Preparation for Practice        
OTA 2550: Technology & Environmental Apps for Living        
OTA 2560: OT Interventions Across Lifespan        
OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation        

Semester 6
       
OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA: Principles of Practice        
OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB: Service Management        

* Courses may be taken prior to entry into the program.   Completion of degree requirements in six semesters is the most recommended format.

Important Admission Information

  • In order to be admitted into the OTA program, students must have successfully completed high school chemistry, CHE 1500, or CHE 1530 and must be eligible for ENG 1530.
  • Students must have online computer access to successfully meet course requirements.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the screening requirements for each facility and incurring screening expenses.
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background checks must be completed prior to second semester OTA coursework and Level I and Level II fieldwork placement. Not having clearance will jeopardize ability to complete the program.
  • Health physicals and Mantoux tests must be updated annually.
  • The four semester sequence of OTA courses begins each fall semester
  • OTA courses are offered only on the Jamestown Campus. All other required courses are scheduled so they may be taken at either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campuses.

All OTA courses, other than fieldwork, are only offered one time per year and must be taken sequentially starting in the fall.

Transfer options are available and require additional coursework.

Important Program Information

  • BIO 2510 and BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • All students must successfully pass each OTA course with a minimum grade of “C" and a GPA of 2.5 or better to enroll in OTA 2700 and OTA 2720.  A student will be permitted to repeat two OTA core courses one time. Should the student be unsuccessful in repeating any OTA course, he/she would be ineligible to continue in the OTA program. Should a student be required to repeat more than two OTA core courses he/she will be ineligible to continue in the OTA program.
  • Both course and fieldwork levels I and II experiences require travel. Students must have transportation to participate and successfully meet all course and fieldwork requirements. Special housing may be needed for one or both Level II fieldwork experiences.
  • All students will take OTA 1700 either concurrently with OTA 2520 and OTA 1650 or during the summer following completion of OTA 2520 and OTA 1650.
  • All OTA students must complete the full-time Level II Fieldwork within 12 months following completion of OTA 2510, 2530, 2550, and 2620.
  • CPR certification through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers) is required prior to registering for OTA 2700 or OTA 2720.