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2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate of Applied Science Degree

Overview

Offered at the Piedmont Summerville Site.

Entrance Dates: Fall
Length of Program: Six Terms
Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 73

Admissions: Occupational Therapy Assistant is a competitive program. Students who meet the College criteria for admission will be admitted to the College to take prerequisite courses.  Prerequisite courses (ALHS 1090, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, Humanities/Fine Arts Area IV, SPCH 1101, PSYC 1101, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, and BIOL 2114L) must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadlines to be evaluated for program admission. Students are REQUIRED to attend an informational session during the ranking cycle prior to consideration for acceptance into competitive admission programs.  Instructors will hold recruitment fairs/informational sessions on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle, January - May. 

The academic ranking order for admission to the program is determined using the most recent grade for BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, and ENGL 1101. Students can retake a class to earn a higher grade. Students who are not selected for admission may consider another program or resubmit a new admission application and a new Competitive Ranking Application by the next ranking cycle deadline. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission to the program. For additional information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to program related deadlines.

Program Description: The Occupational Therapy Program is designed to train students to implement treatment plans and interventions for clients with limitations in occupational performance under the supervision of an occupational therapist per the standards of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and state regulations.  Other occupational therapy assistant responsibilities include assisting with clinical management and client evaluations as appropriate.  The Occupational Therapy Assistant program meets the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Program graduates are eligible to seek certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  This certification is required for state licensure. The program provides learning opportunities to introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and work ethics required for job acquisition, retention and advancement.  Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The program includes off-campus fieldwork in health care facilities (may include out-of-town assignments).

The associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

Program Cost:  Tuition, fees, and other related costs of attendance can be found on the Augusta Technical College Competitive Health Science Programs website next to Occupational Therapy in the criteria section.

Employment Opportunities: Occupational therapy assistants work in inpatient and outpatient hospitals and rehabilitation centers, transitional care facilities, prisons, home health care, nursing homes, industry, halfway houses, group homes, assisted living facilities, schools, sheltered workshops, community mental health centers, day care or early intervention centers, hospice programs, and wellness/fitness centers.

Credentialing (Required):  Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. NBCOT School Performance information.

Curriculum Outline

General Core Courses, 15 credits

ENGL 1101COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC

3

MATH 1111COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

XXXX XXXX
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS AREA IV*

3

SPCH 1101PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

PSYC 1101INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

3

*A list of General Education Area I, II, III, IV courses can be found in the General Education

Core Curriculum Section of this catalog.

Occupational Courses, 58 credits

ALHS 1090MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

2

BIOL 2113ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

3

BIOL 2113LANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LAB I

1

BIOL 2114ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

3

BIOL 2114LANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LAB II

1

OCTA 1010INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY THEORY AND CONDITIONS

4

OCTA 1020GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

2

OCTA 1030DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS ANALYSIS

2

OCTA 1050KINESIOLOGY

4

OCTA 2010MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

6

OCTA 2040PEDIATRIC ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

4

OCTA 2060PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION AND TREATMENT METHODS

6

OCTA 2090GERIATRIC ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

3

OCTA 2120OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRENDS AND ISSUES

2

OCTA 2130THERAPEUTIC ADAPTATIONS

3

OCTA 2210LEVEL II FIELDWORK - A

5

OCTA 2220LEVEL II FIELDWORK - B

5

OCTA 3210SEMINAR A

1

OCTA 3220SEMINAR B

1

Notes:

  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses.
  • A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any one course attempted with the OCTA prefix will be suspended from the program for one year. Before re-entering the program, the student must complete an individualized remedial program assigned by the department head. After the second unsuccessful attempt of any courses with the OCTA prefix, the student will not be allowed to re-enter the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
  • All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of completion of the didactic course work before the student is eligible for graduation.
  • Prior to participation in Level I and Level II Fieldwork experiences, students are required to submit completed medical and dental examination forms. Separate documentation will be required for Hepatitis B seroconversion, RPR, TB testing, MMR and chicken pox titers. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that fieldwork sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
  • FELONY STATEMENT: Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in the field and or may make a student ineligible to take the licensing/certification exam required for the profession.   A background check and drug screen is required prior to participating in Level I and Level II fieldwork.  For more information, contact the program director
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of an occupational therapy assistant.
  • Natural science and ALHS prefix courses older than 5 years will not be considered for program progression evaluation. Students will need to retake these courses to become eligible for program progression evaluation.
  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to show proof of current health insurance. Students who cannot show proof of health insurance need to be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse to allow them the opportunity to gain clinical experience at their facility.

Guided Pathway

You may click on any course below to view the course description and prerequisite information.

Students who do not follow the Course Sequence listed below may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown.

Piedmont Summerville Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Occupational Therapy Assistant

AWARD: Associate of Applied Science Degree

CAMPUS: Piedmont Summerville Day Program

Year 1 Fall Semester

ENGL 1101COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC

3

MATH 1111COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

BIOL 2113ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

3

BIOL 2113LANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LAB I

1

SPCH 1101PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

Year 1 Spring Semester

BIOL 2114ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

3

BIOL 2114LANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LAB II

1

PSYC 1101INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

3

ALHS 1090MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

2

XXXX XXXX
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS AREA IV*

3

*A list of General Education Area I, II, III, IV courses can be found in the General Education

Core Curriculum Section of this catalog.

Year 1 Summer Semester

Students are ranked for admission to the program during the summer semester.

Year 2 Fall Semester

OCTA 1010INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY THEORY AND CONDITIONS

4

OCTA 1020GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

2

OCTA 1030DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS ANALYSIS

2

OCTA 1050KINESIOLOGY

4

Year 2 Spring Semester

OCTA 2040PEDIATRIC ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

4

OCTA 2060PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION AND TREATMENT METHODS

6

OCTA 2130THERAPEUTIC ADAPTATIONS

3

Year 2 Summer Semester

OCTA 2010MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

6

OCTA 2090GERIATRIC ISSUES AND TREATMENT METHODS

3

OCTA 2120OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRENDS AND ISSUES

2

Year 3 Fall Semester

OCTA 2210LEVEL II FIELDWORK - A

5

OCTA 2220LEVEL II FIELDWORK - B

5

OCTA 3210SEMINAR A

1

OCTA 3220SEMINAR B

1

 

Accreditation

The associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.


Student Achievement Data is available on the program's student achievement data page.