As a student in SUNY Jamestown Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, you have many opportunities for hands-on experience in the classroom and local community. These real life experiences with clients, combined with expert mentoring and teaching from our faculty, will help you build your OTA skills, develop a professional portfolio and resume, and boost your confidence in working in the field.
When you graduate from JCC’s OTA program, you will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) prepared to enter the workforce in an entry level position in occupational therapy or related field. As a COTA, you will help people of all ages who need assistance with physical, developmental, social, or emotional difficulties to lead independent, productive lives.
A certified occupational therapy assistant works with people young and old who have difficulties in living due to developmental deficits, physical injury and illness, psychological and social disabilities, and aging. The COTA, under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR), helps clients complete purposeful and meaningful activities which assist them in mastering skills needed to perform daily tasks at home, school, and in the community.
A COTA also assists people in maintaining their health and to prevent disabilities from occurring.
As a member of a healthcare or educational team, you will work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and many other professionals. You will also play a valuable role in educating clients, families, and the community on safe and effective methods to increase function, and provide alternative ways to engage in activities that improve health and participation in life.
As a COTA, you will work with people of all ages and walks of life with the following conditions and others:
|Employment Opportunities||Emerging Practice Areas|
JCC’s graduate follow-up survey shows that:
Additionally, our employee satisfaction survey indicates that 90 percent of employers are “highly satisfied” with JCC OTA graduates.
Minimum program credit hours: 64
|General Requirements||26 credit hours||Degree Requirements Met|
|ENG 1530: English Composition II||3||BCOM||H||CENG|
|English Electives (college level)||3||H||CWRT|
|PSY 1510: General Psychology||3||SOSC||S||SR|
|PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior||3||SOSC||S||SR|
|SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology||3||SOSC||S||SR, VEDP|
|BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I||4||NSCI||N||SR|
|BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II||4||NSCI||N||SR, VEDP|
|MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics or MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics||3||MATH||N||CMAT|
|Core Requirements||38 credit hours||Degree Requirements Met|
|OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 1520: Medical Specialties||3|
|OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I||1|
|OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts/Techniques||2|
|OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II||1|
|OTA 1640: Therapeutic Interventions I||2|
|OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth-Young Adult||3|
|OTA 1700: Introduction to Professional Practice||1|
|OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging||2|
|OTA 2540: Community Based Practice||1|
|OTA 2550: Technology and Environmental Applications for Living||3|
|OTA 2560: Therapeutic Interventions II||1|
|OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic||2|
|OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation||3|
|OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA||5|
|OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB||5|
|Electives||none||Degree Requirements Met|
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: