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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Help Others Live Independently… as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy is a health care service which uses a variety of skills and techniques—including daily life tasks, activities, exercises, or adaptive equipment—to help people learn the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

At Sinclair, the occupational therapy assistant program focuses on a case-based format, rather than a lecture format. This reinforces your ability to gain practical experience and have the ability to explore all aspects of a problem through research and small group discussion.

In our program, you will have to opportunity to combine biological and behavioral sciences with technical occupational therapy assistant courses. Additionally, you will participate in extensive clinical training—allowing you to have experiences working with people of all ages and problems, including work in pediatrics.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in medical field focused on life skills and rehabilitation.
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA), under the supervision of occupational therapists, help people prevent, lessen or overcome physical and mental disabilities so that they are able to function independently. Many OTAs go on to work in various health care facilities, including hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, private clinics and community agencies.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of occupational therapists, provide services to individuals whose abilities to cope with daily tasks are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, aging, injury or illness. They help people prevent, lessen, or overcome physical and mental disabilities so that they are able to function independently. The program includes extensive clinical training that must be finished within 12 months of completion of the academic course work. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all program courses to remain in the program.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to be completed in six (6) semesters on a full-time basis, when the student begins the technical portion of the program. This degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.


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*Program Accreditation Information
The Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the Ameraican Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Their telephone mumber is (301) 652-2682.

Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including many of those in the health care fields, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the occupational therapy assistant program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: