Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S. (OTA)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  

NBCOT Pass Rate for LCCC New Graduate (NG)

Total # NG testing Total # NG passing Total # Failing Pass Rate
2015 24 23 1 92%
2016 25 25 0 100%
2017 22 22 0 100%

NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination

The total number of graduates from the Lehigh Carbon Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 73 with an overall graduation rate of 90.8%.

Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate 
2015 25/23 92%
2016 30/29 93%
2017 24/21 87.5%
Total 79/73 90.8%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level employment as occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) (www.nbcot.org). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

The COTA functions under the direct or general supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OTR), in evaluating, planning, and implementing programs to retrain or to develop the patient’s performance in self-care, work, and leisure skills. COTAs treat patients in mental health facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, school systems, hand clinics, nursing homes, and home health settings.

The program requires that all OTA students complete their Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the academic preparation.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • provide the services expected of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant.
  • assist in management of delivery of occupational therapy as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings.
  • utilize the COTA/OTR supervision process and professional and educational resources to improve and increase knowledge and professional techniques to function effectively as a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • demonstrate a professional manner, abide by the policies and procedures of the facility, and practice the ethics of the occupational therapy profession.
  • address the health needs of individuals, communities, and society as a whole by assisting in community wellness and prevention programs.
  • utilize effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to participate in the profession and society.
  • develop self-confidence and accountability to assume professional behaviors.
  • recognize education is a lifelong commitment to continued personal and professional development.
  • practice within the ethical parameters of the occupational therapy profession.
  • take an active role in student and professional organizations.
  • recognize individual differences and develop positive attitudes from this awareness.
  • demonstrate a holistic awareness of each individual and understand individual differences in adaptive responses.
  • adopt individualized learning when caring for individuals with diverse cultural, socioeconomical, and environmental needs.
  • collaborate with client/patient and other healthcare providers to enhance occupational therapy service delivery.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
OTA 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 103 Therapeutic Media 3.5
BIO 163 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester Total 16.5
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
OTA 110 Intervention in Occupational Therapy 3.5
OTA 116 Principles of Treatment in Adult/Geriatric Rehabilitation 3.5
OTA 205 Medical Conditions 3
BIO 164 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 145 Human Growth and Development 3
Semester Total 17
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
OTA 211 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 4
OTA 217 Principles of Treatment in Adult/Pediatric Rehabilitation 4
OTA 223 Therapeutic Adaptations/Techniques in Occupational Therapy 3
OTA 229 Supervision in Occupational Therapy 2
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester Total 19
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
OTA 240 Fieldwork Experience 12
Semester Total 12
Credit Total 64.5

NOTE: All remedial math, English, and reading courses must be completed prior to applying to the OTA program (i.e., must be eligible for MAT 105).

Students are required to achieve at least a “C” in all OTA and other required courses to continue in the program, and must achieve a GPA of 2.3 in all OTA (OTA prefix) courses to be eligible to register for OTA-240. OTA courses must be taken in sequence.

Students who have earned a “C-”, “D” or “F” or have withdrawn are readmitted on a space available basis only, according to the readmission procedure. Requirements of the program will be the requirements at the time of readmission. A student may repeat only one OTA course in which a “C-”, “D” or “F” grade has been earned. Students must successfully complete all fieldwork level I in the semester assigned. A student may repeat only one failed fieldwork while in the OTA program.

To participate in the required fieldwork experiences, a “no record” status must be reported on the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. The Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check results must fall within the guidelines of the law, as set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An FBI Background Check Transmittal Form and a negative urine drug screening are also required. Admission to the program may be revoked upon receipt of these results. Any student convicted of a felony must contact NBCOT (www.nbcot.org) at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, #301-990-7979 to discuss eligibility for the NBCOT exam.