Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
SCIC201 Anatomy and Physiology I(High School Chemistry or ISVC030) 3 3 4
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
PSYC114 Human Development 3 0 3
AHLC104 Introduction to Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
(First 8 weeks) (Accuplacer)
1 0 1
AHLC112* Clinical Conditions for Occupational/Physical/Massage Therapy
(SCIC201)
3 0 3
AHLC135* Activities Of Daily Living
(AHLC104, AHLC 112)
2 3 3
OTAC110*

Fundamentals In Occupational Therapy (Second 8 weeks)

(AHLC104)

1 0 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
ENGC102 College Composition I (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
MTHCxxx Mathematics Elective (Accuplacer) 4 0 4
SCIC202 Anatomy and Physiology II
(SCIC201)
3 3 4
AHLC123 Functional Kinesiology
(SCIC201)
2 3 3
OTAC125* Therapeutic Principles
(AHLC135, AHLC104, SCIC201, OTAC110)
1 5 3
OTAC212* Developmental Disabilities in Occupational Therapy
(AHLC114, AHLC112, PSYC101, OTAC110, OTAC125)
1 2 2
Summer Semester (year 1)
OTAC190* Level I Fieldwork (6 weeks) 
(All First Year AHLC and OTAC courses, SCIC201, SCIC202, PSYC101)
0 0 6
Fall Semester (year 2)
ENGCxxx English Elective 3 0 3
HUMCXXX Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language 3 0 3
XXXXxxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
AHLC220* Clinical Neurology
(SCIC201, SCIC202)
3 0 3
AHLC210* Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Management
(OTAC190 or PTAC190)
2 0 2
OTAC213* Psychosocial Disabilities in Occupational Therapy
(OTAC190)
3 0 3
OTAC214* Physical Disabilities in Occupational Therapy
(OTAC190)
1 3 2
Spring Semester (year 2)
OTAC220* Seminar In Occupational Therapy
(OTAC290, OTAC291)
1 0 1
OTAC290* Level IIA Fieldwork Experience
(All required AHLC and OTAC courses) (8 weeks)
0 0 6
OTAC291* Level IIB Fieldwork Experience
(All required AHLC and OTAC courses) (8 weeks)
0 0 6

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

*Must be matriculated in professional program or receive special written permission of instructor.

Associate in Science Degree

(Day Program)
For more information about this program, please contact Jennifer Saylor. 603-542-7744 x5413

Occupational therapy: "Living Life to its Fullest"

Occupational therapy is the profession for individuals who

enjoy solving challenging problems which help people of all ages overcome physical, developmental, mental and/or emotional disabilities and achieve independence, you will find many opportunities in the field of occupational therapy. The need for therapists will grow well into the 21st century, reflecting the importance of function, prevention of disability, and promotion of health. The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist, uses therapeutic

activities to help people with an illness or disability live healthy, productive lives. Therapy is functional, purposeful, and

individualized for each client. In the classroom, students experience simulated and actual clinical activities.Students will learn vital skills to safely work with people with many types of disability.

Admission Requirements

General college admission requirement:

  • High school credits in English, math, biological sciences, chemistry or equivalent, and basic competence in computer/word processing. Program requirements: (all located in the OTA Admission Packet):
  • 2-4 hour Fieldwork observations
  • High School chemistry
  • one letter of recommendation
  • Essential Skills Agreement
  • Licensure/Liability Agreement
  • CPR for allied health professionals or a course including child, adult and AED training
  • Criminal background checks and fingerprinting (required for FW placement and may be completed in the first year of matriculation) *the cost of these are the responsibility of the student
  • An interview with the Program Director after all program and college application materials are submitted.

Accuplacer (Sentence Skills):

  • Sentence Skills at least 78 and Reading skills at least 70 or RVCC course Introduction to College Comp (minimum C grade) or RVCC course English Composition I (passed) or Transferring in English Composition I or equivalent (minimum grade C)

Accuplacer (Mathmatics):

  • Elementary Algebra score at least 78 or RVCC course: Fundamentals I and II (or equivalent  from elsewhere) passed with at least a C grade or RVCC college level math or Transferring in college level math

Curriculum Grading and Progression Through Program

The student must pass all OTAC and AHLC courses with a minimum grade of “C”. All ) 0TAC and AHLC courses are based on a 7-point scale (C=80). At selected points in the program, students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to progress.

Curriculum Flexibility

The curriculum may be completed in two, three or four years. Each curriculum plan is individualize for each student and done so with the OTA academic advisor. All students must complete the curriculumwithin a four year period from the date of their matriculation.

Fieldwork experience for learning

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapy Practitioner or Allied Health Professional (Level I) or Occupational Therapy Practitioner (Level IIA and IIB), students help to plan and implement client treatment as well as evaluate and document functional client outcomes in a variety of health care and educational settings. Students are placed in fieldwork agencies located throughout New England. Placement is subject to availability and may require travel. All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 18 months following program academic coursework. Credit by exam options, based on prior learning, for Level I Fieldwork may be an option for some students (this decision is up to the program directors discretion).

Program accreditation

Fully accredited since 1973 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA telephone number: (301) 652-AOTA. 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based upon the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.NBCOT Examination Pass Rates: The total # of RVCC OTA first time test takers from 2008-2012 was 38. All 37 passed the examination.  Our current pass rate is 96%.