Upon completion of the occupational therapy assistant program, the associate degree graduate will be educationally prepared to provide service to individuals having difficulties in living due to developmental deficits, physical injury and illness, psychological and social disabilities, and the aging process. The occupational therapy assistant works with and under the direction of a registered occupational therapist, and assists with the processes of client evaluation, goal setting, implementation of care, and documentation of occupational therapy services. The coursework includes a series of general education courses with an emphasis on the biological and psychological sciences. Professional studies focus on how human occupational development is affected by illness and injury, and how function can be facilitated.


Minimum program credit hours: 66

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
26 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior3
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II4

Chosen course(s) must be at the 1500 level or higher.

Core Requirements
40 credit hours
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy3
OTA 1520: Medical Specialties3
OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I1
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts/Techniques2
OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II1
OTA 1640: Therapeutic Groups2
OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth-Young Adult3
OTA 1700: Fieldwork IA1
OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging2
OTA 2540: Fieldwork IB1
OTA 2550: Technology and Environmental Applications for Living3
OTA 2560: OT Intervention Across Life Span1
OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic: Preparation for Practice2
OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation3
OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA: Principles/Practicum6
OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB: Service Management6
Important Points

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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and exhibit professional, desirable workplace behaviors which reflect occupational therapy standards of practice.
  2. Apply occupation-based, client-centered interventions to treat the varying needs of their clients.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to research evidence- based practices through technology and to educate their communities about occupational therapy.
  4. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills while discovering community resources, solving problems, and offering innovative occupational therapy treatment  to use in challenging health care environments.
  5. Design and implement programming to engage consumers and/or caregivers in opportunities to improve their quality of life and well-being.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Dr. Heather PanczykowskiDirector, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program68 ARSC, Jamestown Campus716.338.1162Contact | Full Profile ▸