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Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)

Become an occupational therapy practitioner at JCC

An occupational therapy practitioner (OTP), which includes occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and occupational therapists (OT), works with diverse communities, populations, and people to improve engagement in life’s tasks. The OTA, under the supervision of an OT, helps clients participate in purposeful and meaningful activities which assist them to perform daily tasks at home, at school, and in the community.

As a member of a healthcare, educational, or community-based team, you will work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, teachers, and many other professionals. You will also play a valuable role in educating clients, families, and the community on safe and effective methods to enhance function and quality of life, while providing alternative ways to engage in activities that improve health and participation.

The A.A.S. degree prepares you for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. You can enter the workforce in an entry level position as an occupational therapy assistant or in a related field, or continue your education to become an occupational therapist. Program results from NBCOT can be found online. A felony conviction may impact a graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing. Please contact the program director if you have questions about your unique situation.

  • JCC’s OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301.652.AOTA.
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How to apply to OTA

The OTA program has a supplemental application in addition to the JCC application. See steps to apply to JCC's OTA program »

Classroom Engagement

  • Hands-on learning
  • Personal growth, mentorship, and professional development
  • Networking
  • Supportive classroom community

Community Involvement

  • Fieldwork experiences
  • Service to the community
  • Partnerships with Mental Health Association, GA Learning Center, Chautauqua Blind Association, and other area organizations

Success after JCC

OTA students find success after JCC. 75% of graduates find jobs in occupational therapy or related healthcare fields, or continue on for their OT degree. 90% of graduates are satisfied with their ability to function in an entry level OTA or related position.

Affordability

The affordability of your education matters. In two years at JCC you’ll be ready to take the NBCOT exam and become a professional in occupational therapy. JCC offers the national recognition and affordable cost of a SUNY community college, plus field expertise from licensed OTPs who work in the classroom and local OT community.

You can enter the workforce immediately after graduation or choose to pursue additional education, whether you want to continue directly after JCC or spend some time in the field. You can continue your education through our transfer agreement with Gannon University or other bridge programs. Either way, you’ll have completed two years toward an advanced degree at significant cost savings and the flexibility to work full-time in a professional field.

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Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

3

OTA 1520: Medical Specialties

3

OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I

1

BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

PSY 2510: Life Span Development

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all OTA courses in order to move on to the second semester. 
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in BIO 2510 in order to begin fourth semester/fieldwork courses.
  • Students should register for BIO 2510 review class.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts & Techniques

2 Applied Learning

OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II

1

OTA 1640: OT Interventions I

2

OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth – Young Adults

3 Applied Learning

OTA 1700: Introduction to Professional Practice

1 Applied Learning

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

PSY 2560: Abnormal Psychology

3 Social Sciences Cultural Understanding

BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all OTA courses in order to move on to the third semester.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in BIO 2520 in order to begin fourth semester/fieldwork courses.
  • Students should register for BIO 2520 review class.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging

2 Applied Learning

OTA 2540: Community Based Practice

1 Applied Learning

OTA 2550: Technology & Environmental Apps for Living

3 Applied Learning

OTA 2560: OT Interventions II

2

OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic: Preparation for Practice

2

OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation

3

MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Math or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all OTA courses in order to move on to the fourth semester. 
  • MAT 1540 recommended for students planning to go on for an OT degree. 

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA

5 Applied Learning

OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB

5 Applied Learning

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3 Social Sciences Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives
  • Students must pass OTA 2700 with a C or better in order to take OTA 2720.
  • SOC 1510 must be an evening or online course in order to complete fieldwork.