Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
BIOL201R Anatomy and Physiology I # 3 3 4
PSYC101R Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
PSYC114R Human Development 3 0 3
AHLT104R Introduction to Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy # 1 0 1
AHLT112R* Clinical Conditions for Occupational/Physical/Massage Therapy # 3 0 3
AHLT135R* Activities Of Daily Living # 2 3 3
OCTA110R* Fundamentals In Occupational Therapy # 0 2 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
ENGL102R College Composition # 3 0 3
MATHxxxR Mathematics Elective # 4 0 4
BIOL202R Anatomy and Physiology II # 3 3 4
AHLT123R Functional Kinesiology # 2 3 3
OCTA125R* Therapeutic Principles # 1 4 3
OCTA212R* Developmental Disabilities in Occupational Therapy # 1 3 2
Summer Semester (year 1)
OCTA190R* Level I Fieldwork # 0 0 4
OCTA191R* Level 1 Fieldwork Seminar 2 0 2
Fall Semester (year 2)
XXXXxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
AHLT220R* Clinical Neurology # 3 0 3
AHLT210R* Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Management # 2 0 2
OCTA213R* Psychosocial Disabilities in Occupational Therapy # 2 2 3
OCTA214R* Physical Disabilities in Occupational Therapy # 1 3 2
Spring Semester (year 2)
OCTA220R* Seminar In Occupational Therapy # 1 0 1
OCTA290R* Level IIA Fieldwork Experience # 0 0 6
OCTA291R* Level IIB Fieldwork Experience # 0 0 6

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

# - Co/prerequisites Required.  See Course Descriptions


Associate in Science Degree

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 abilities, disability, and functional challenges.

American Occupational Therapy Association Centennial Vision (2006)

“We envision that Occupational Therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science driven evidence based profession with a globally connected and diverse work force meeting society’s occupational needs.”

Admission Requirements

General college admission requirement:

  • High School Diploma including general education core.

Program requirements: (all located in the OTA Admission Packet located on RVCC website:  https://www.rivervalley.edu/admissions/application-process-forms/admissions-forms

  • 2-4 hours Fieldwork observations
  • High School chemistry, college level Chemistry I or Intro to Chemical Principles
  • 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.


Curriculum Grading and Progression Through Program

The student must pass all OCTA, AHLT and Liberal Arts courses courses with a minimum grade of “C”. All OCTA and AHLT 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 to three years. A curriculum plan is individualize for each student and done so with the OTA Program Director. All students must complete the curriculum within a three year period from the date of their matriculation.

Program Accreditation

RVCC’s OTA Program is accredited 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.




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