Occupational Therapy Assistant
Must have a high school diploma or GED.
GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in
high school or 3.0 in college with minimum of 10 credits or
550 Battery Average on GED.
Must take the
college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no
college level courses were previously completed.
Required TEAS scores must be achieved within two attempts of taking the
English: 70 percent
Reading: 75 percent
Science: 55 percent
Math: minimum grade of B in MAT 098 or MAT 099 or place into
MAT 100 level or above.
Biology: minimum grade of
B in high school biology or B in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college
English: minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
science courses must be taken within five years of application.
Required grade must be earned within two attempts of
taking and completing the course.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure
exam, apply for state licensure or pursue additional coursework.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Quinsigamond Community College prepares the incoming student for a career in Occupational Therapy, a
profession that promotes health and wellness through engagement in valued
occupations, and provides a multitude of rehabilitative strategies for
individuals who suffer from disabling disorders or conditions.
Occupational Therapy is a rehabilitation profession that assists individuals who
have suffered physical, psychological or cognitive difficulties, or who have
developmental disabilities to achieve maximum independence. Certified
Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) practice under the supervision of
Registered Occupational Therapists (OTR) as members of a health care team. OT
Practitioners use modalities that simulate real life situations. COTAs work in
hospitals, out-patient clinics, school systems, community agencies, and other
The OTA program at QCC is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA), which is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824.
The telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be awarded
an Associate in Science degree and, upon satisfactory completion of all academic
and field work experiences, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the
national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate may apply for state
licensure which is offered based upon the NBCOT Certification examination
Students in the OTA program receive both theoretical and experiential training.
Fieldwork is considered an integral part of the program and takes place in both
the first and second semesters in the second year of the program. Students must
satisfactorily complete Level I Fieldwork before going to the Level II Fieldwork
experience. Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of final
theory course. Students may be asked to travel within New England to experience
the range of fieldwork necessary for program completion.
To be eligible to continue in the program, the student must achieve a grade of
C or higher in all OTA courses. A grade of C or higher must be attained in
ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO 111 and BIO 112 before Field Placement I and II can be
started. Students who have received a grade below a C in ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO
111 and BIO 112 are required to repeat the course and obtain a grade of C or
higher by the end of the cluster/semester in which they are required or required
as a prerequisite. Both Field Placements must be completed within 18 months of
the didactic coursework of the OTA program.
A Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Records
Information (SORI) check is required of all students enrolled in the program.
Students with a felony conviction may not be able to attend community facilities
for fieldwork assignments and so would be unable to complete the program. A
felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT
certification examination or attain state licensure.
OTA students must purchase membership in the American Occupational Therapy
Association within the first 2 weeks of school. The cost is approximately $55. -
Students wishing to enter the occupational therapy program must have a high
school diploma or GED. They must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or the
equivalent, a GPA of 3.0 in a minimum of 10 college credits or a 550 Battery
Average on the GED.
Students are required to take the TEAS and achieve scores of 70 percent in
English, 75 percent in Reading, 50 percent in Math and 55 percent in science
within two attempts of taking the test.
The college placement test must be taking to determine a student's Math and
English level if no college level courses were previously completed. This test
is required of all in coming students.
To be admitted to the program students must have a minimum grade of B in MAT
098 or MAT 099 or place into MAT 100 level or above on the placement test; a
minimum grade of B in high school biology or B in BIO 101 (recommended) or other
biology class; a minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101 on the
All math and science courses must be taken within five years of application.
Required grades must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the
A Health Careers Center has been established to facilitate the entry of students
to health care programs. All students applying to the occupational therapy
assistant program can contact the Health Career Center 508-854-2718.
Anatomy & Physiology I
English Composition & Literature I
Introduction to Occupational Therapy: Concepts& Interventions
Occupational Therapy: Methods &
Introduction to Psychology
Liberal Arts Elective
Anatomy & Physiology II
Group Process and Interventions
Developing Professional Behaviors
Developmental Problems & Practice with Children
A Survey of Life Span Development: Conception to Death
English Composition & Literature II
Occupational Therapy with the Older Adult
Concepts & Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health
Concepts & Occupational Therapy Interventions with the Physically Challenged
Occupational Therapy Methods & Modalities II
Occupational Therapy Field Placement I
Occupational Therapy Field Placement II