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Occupational Therapy Assistant OTA.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Rehabilitation Services
Effective as of Fall 2021

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 OTA Program Specific Information Packet (PDF) below under Additional Information. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Outcomes

  • 1. Students will recognize the value of occupations as part of an individual's occupational roles within a variety of contexts and environments 2. Students will recognize that occupations are goal-directed and have purpose to the individual 3. Students will recognize that occupations give purpose to an individual's life
  • 1. Students will participate in a minimum of 4 inter-professional education experiences 2. Students will demonstrate the clinical reasoning and hands-on skills needed to work as an entry-level OTA under the supervision of an OT
  • 1. Students will complete professional written and spoken communication 2. Students will abide by the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy is a health care field in which the demand for personnel continues to increase. There are not enough qualified personnel to fill the demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( the Job Outlook is 40% (much faster than average job growth 2014-2024). Occupational therapy assistants work in hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing facilities, group homes, home health agencies and rehabilitation centers.


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 ENG 1101 and OTA 1111
  • and Completion of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • and Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5


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.


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 OR Ohio Transfer Module: Mathematics Elective 3
OTA 1111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTA 1211 Occupational Therapy Assistant Foundations I 3
OTA 1212 Functional Anatomy 2
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 2
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, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. AOTA's telephone number is (301) 652-2682. The program received a 7-year reaccreditation in 2013. It is scheduled to be reaccredited in 2021. The reaccreditation has been postponed because of COVID-19.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.