Occupational Therapy Assistant OTA.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Rehabilitation Services
Effective as of Fall 2016

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) helps clients develop, recover and improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills needed for daily living. OTAs work in settings such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and private homes.

A successful OTA should not only have a desire to help people but should also the following attributes: flexibility, creativity, patience, empathy, compassion, problem-solving skills and a desire to work as part of a team.

The employment outlook for occupational therapy assistants is bright—the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022,” with employment expected to increase by 41% or more.

Philosophy Statement

  • All people have value.
  • Every person has the right to engage in meaningful occupations of their choice.
  • Occupational performance is a unique experience that results from the transactional relationship among the person, the activity, the environment, and the context. 
  • Every person benefits from participation in occupation.
  • Occupational Therapy utilizes meaningful occupations to remediate, restore, maintain, modify, and prevent deficits in occupational performance to achieve the outcome of health and participation in life.
  • People learn and develop through participation in occupation as it occurs in context.

Mission Statement

The Sinclair Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program provides high quality, innovative, and evidence-based occupational therapy education to individuals seeking the opportunity to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant facilitating participation in life activities thus improving the health, well-being, and quality of life of clients and the community.

What is the program about?

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, cognitive and/or psychosocial dysfunction so that they are able to function with maximum independence. 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 (77%) is required in all program courses to remain in the program.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to be completed in five (5) 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 (OTA specific courses). To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage (http://www.sinclair.edu/program/params/programCode/OTA-S-AAS/). A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver occupational therapy services at occupational therapy assistant (OTA) entry-level competency under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT) in a variety of settings.
  • Students will effectively use Occupational Therapy Practice Framework language, technology, professional literature and evidence-based research to make informed practice decisions and to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Students will acknowledge and appreciate the inherent value of all people and each individual’s right to participate in meaningful occupations. Students will demonstrate this through professional and ethical behaviors in the classroom and clinical settings. Students will demonstrate values, attitudes and behaviors congruent with the occupational therapy profession's philosophy, standards and the OT Code of Ethics.
  • Students will demonstrate a core understanding of and an appreciation for human occupation and the domain of occupational performance, whereby health and participation in life are supported through engagement in occupation.
  • Students will earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant demonstrating readiness to successfully pass the National Certification Exam in order to obtain employment as an OTA.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • ALH 1101 AND BIO 1141 AND BIO 1147 AND OTA 1111
  • and Completion of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)


Graduates of the program will be eligible 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 examination, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Additional Information

Background Check and Immunizations/Vaccination Requirements

Immunization and Vaccination Requirements once a student is accepted into the program. Student Health Certificate form and Personal Health History form will be provided.*

  • TB/Mantoux Test (every year)
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Rubeola (Measles)
  • Parotitis (Mumps)
  • Tetanus, Diptheria (within last ten years)
  • Hepatitus B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Influenza annually (every year)

Miscellaneous Requirements once accepted into the program.

* Students are given ample time to complete the immunization, CPR and background check requirements once accepted into the program. Once in the program, it is the student's responsibility to keep track of his/her expiration dates and to remain current on these requirements.


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
ALH 2220 Pathophysiology 3
BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 1147 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 0
BIO 1242 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 1248 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 0
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1130 Allied Health Mathematics 3
OTA 1111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTA 1211 Occupational Therapy Assistant Foundations I 3
OTA 1212 Functional Anatomy 3
OTA 1213 Occupational Therapy & Adults with Physical Dysfunction 2
OTA 1214 Occupational Therapy & Adults with Physical Dysfunction Lab 2
OTA 1311 Occupational Therapy Assistant Foundations II 3
OTA 1312 Occupational Therapy & Human Development 2
OTA 1313 Occupational Therapy & Adults with Neurological Dysfunction 1
OTA 1314 Occupational Therapy & Neurological Dysfunction Lab 2
OTA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Self 2
OTA 2412 Occupational Therapy Assistant & Pediatrics 1
OTA 2413 Occupational Therapy Assistant & Pediatrics Lab 2
OTA 2414 Occupational Therapy Assistant & Psychosocial Dysfunction 1
OTA 2415 Occupational Therapy Assistant & Psychosocial Dysfunction Lab 2
OTA 2416 Occupational Therapy Assistant Level 1 Fieldwork 3
OTA 2511 Occupational Therapy Assistant Level 2 Fieldwork A 2
OTA 2512 Occupational Therapy Assistant Level 2 Fieldwork B 2
OTA 2523 Occupational Therapy Assistant Clinical Issues A 1
OTA 2524 Occupational Therapy Assistant Clinical Issues B 1
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
SOC 2215 Race & Ethnicity 3
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Program Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at ACOTE c/o AOTA, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA's telephone number is (301) 652-2682. www.acoteonline.org/

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