Occupational therapy practitioners help people of all ages gain skills needed to take part in meaningful work-related and daily activities, from dressing and feeding themselves, to work, school, play, leisure, and/or social participation.

This program prepares students to provide occupational therapy treatments and related tasks under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to: acute care, long term care, and rehabilitation facilities, school system, mental health agencies and institutions, home health care agencies, pediatric centers, and private practices. They may also be employed as activity coordinators.

The program requires five full-time semesters of study. All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation. All academic and fieldwork requirements must be completed before the student will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination.

The graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). Successful completion of this exam is required to apply for licensure by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board.

The conviction of a felony may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. NBCOT offers an Early Determination Review to individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony. Further information regarding this issue can be obtained from

NBCOT
800 South Frederick Ave., Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
301-990-7979
Website: www.nbcot.org

The OTAT program is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at:

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449
Telephone: 301-652-2682
Website: http://www.acoteonline.org

Program contact: Learn more

Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “C” or higher.
  • Complete the following:
    • BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I (or BIO-2330 Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO-233A & BIO-234A )
    • MA-1020 Medical Terminology I
    • Sufficient score on Biology placement test or grade of “C” or higher in BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.
  • GPA required: 3.0 admissions requirements, 2.50 overall
  • 50 hours of documented volunteer experience under supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant. Prospective applicants have the option of taking the OTAT-1300 Occupational Therapy Principles (introductory course) in lieu of volunteer experience. 

Other Information

  • 30 students accepted per year.
  • All science courses must have been completed within ten years of application submission, and may only be repeated once to improve a grade.
  • Time limit on core courses is ten years.
  • English and science courses may be repeated only one time to earn a grade of “C”.
  • Pass/No Pass grade options may not be used for prerequisite requirements.
  • Paid work experience as a Rehab Aide/OT Aide will be considered in lieu of volunteer experience.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Exam. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL will be the responsibility of the student. Minimum scores must reflect 21 in Reading, 21 in Listening, 23 in Writing and 25 in Speaking.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Use knowledge of anatomy/physiology, human development and mental/physical conditions to the application of occupational therapy principles and safely administer effective treatment intervention to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
  2. Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
  3. Employ state licensure laws and regulations in all situations that include clinical & professional decision making.
  4. Listen, speak, and contribute using interpersonal skills with clinical team members, clients, family and other relevant support persons within context of occupational therapy settings.
  5. Use professional and appropriate medical terminology in all verbal, written, and electronic communication that is relevant to practitioners, family and clients in occupational therapy settings and follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies.
  6. Apply effective principles of time management, clinical reasoning, problem solving, safety awareness, and cultural sensitivity to clients and situations in occupational therapy settings.
  7. Act professionally and ethically by upholding the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
  8. Achieve entry-level competence by successfully completing academic and fieldwork education requirements and passing the certification examination.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
OTAT-1300 Occupational Therapy Principles 2
OTAT-1310 Task Analysis 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours14
First Semester
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
OTAT-1320 Fundamentals of Developmental Disabilities 2
OTAT-1330 Techniques in Developmental Disabilities 3
OTAT-1850 Practicum I 2
PTAT-1300 Functional Anatomy 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
OTAT-1420 Fundamentals of Psychosocial Dysfunction 2
OTAT-1430 Techniques in Psychosocial Dysfunction 3
OTAT-1860 Practicum II 2
OTAT-1980 Therapeutic Use of Self 2
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
OTAT-2320 Fundamentals of Physical Dysfunction 4
OTAT-2330 Techniques in Physical Disabilities 4
OTAT-2340 Occupational Therapy Issues 3
OTAT-2860 Practicum III 2
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
OTAT-2940 Field Experience 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours63