Occupational Therapy Assistant

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The two-year 60 hour curriculum in occupational therapy leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S. OTA). The program helps prepare the graduate to take the national certification examination provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Graduates must also meet licensure requirements as mandated by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE) or the state in which licensure is sought. The occupational therapy assistant curriculum includes on-campus coursework and clinical experiences in traditional and non-traditional occupational therapy settings. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA. The website for ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org. The Navarro College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been granted Accreditation by ACOTE.

ACCEPTANCE TO NAVARRO COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. Once enrolled in Navarro College, the student may submit an application to the OTA Program. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the information sessions which are conducted at various times throughout the year. Applications to the program may be obtained by attending an information session, in-person through the Health Professions Department, or by electronic download from the program webpage. Positions in the program are limited. Admission decisions will be made through a points system. Priority status is determined from the following data: Completion of or exemption from Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, grades in prerequisite courses on the OTA degree plan, previous health work experience, completion of prior degree or health certification, and submission of required essay. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is only available on the Corsicana and Midlothian campuses.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • All required coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Students will provide proof of required or state-mandated health screenings, immunizations, and CPR training. Clinical and practicum training will require drug screenings.
  • Clinical and practicum training in practice settings, may require extended travel (early mornings, evenings, weekends) within 60 miles of the student’s home.
  • Entry into Level II Fieldwork (practicum) must occur within six months of completing academic studies. Completion of Level II fieldwork (practicum) of 16 weeks must occur within 16 months of completion of academic studies.
  • The program must be completed with four (4) years of registration of the first OTHA course.
  • Interruption in sequence of studies may require additional coursework to help ensure clinical readiness.

PLEASE NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure.

Prerequisites

HPRS 1101Introduction to Health Professions

1

OTHA 1201Introduction to Occupational Therapy

2

BIOL 2401Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy & Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours:11

Freshman Year

Summer

OTHA 1305Principles of Occupational Therapy

3

HPRS 1206Essentials of Medical Terminology

2

Total Credit Hours:5

Fall

OTHA 1309Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1311Occupational Performance Throughout The Lifespan

3

OTHA 2201Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy

2

PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development

3

PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy

3

OR

PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring

OTHA 1315Therapeutic Use of Occupations Or Activities I

3

OTHA 1241Occupational Permformance From Birth to Adolescence

2

OTHA 1161Clinical in OTA I

1

OTHA 2309Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 2204Neurology in Occupational Therapy

2

Total Credit Hours:11

Sophomore Year

Fall

OTHA 2331Physical Function in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 2402Therapeutic Use of Occupations Or Activities II

4

OTHA 1162Clinical in OTA II

1

OTHA 2235Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy

2

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Spring

OTHA 2366Practicum in OTA

3

OTHA 2367Practicum in OTA

3

Total Credit Hours:6