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Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

The Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS degree (AAS_OCTA) is offered at LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Tomball and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Department.

Program Description

Occupational therapy assistants, under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist, assist individuals with disabling conditions to achieve independence through the use of purposeful activity. The curriculum for the occupational therapy assistant program covers a period of two years and is designed to lead toward an associate of applied science degree. Students will engage in coursework for a period of four semesters followed by a fifth semester of full-time fieldwork at health care facilities in the community. The educational experience will include classroom instruction, laboratory activities and clinical work. Many clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a background check. Students will be trained to work with all age groups in a variety of health care settings.

The LSC-Kingwood and Tomball occupational therapy assistant programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301.652.AOTA.

Graduates will be eligible for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states, including Texas, require licensure to practice. Texas licensure is based on successful completion of the NBCOT examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain a state licensure.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information. To obtain the recommended sequencing of courses, contact either program director at LSC-Kingwood or Tomball.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the college's general admission criteria as well as program admission criteria and submit all documentation to the Occupational Therapy Assistant office at LSC-Kingwood or Tomball.

Program Admission Criteria

Apply for admission to the occupational therapy assistant department by submitting a formal application and all required official documents to the department.

  • Top ranking candidates will be scheduled for a personal interview, a writing sample and completion of a health care admissions examination (paid for by applicant).
  • Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by hospitals), which will be completed by an approved agency at the applicant's expense. If an applicant is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor they must contact NBCOT and ECPTOTE to determine certification and licensure eligibility. If a student is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor while enrolled in an LSCS occupational therapy program, the student must inform the director in writing and submit a current background check. Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening.
  • Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Submit Compass scores or other LSC approved test scores showing placement into ENGL 1301 and any college level math.   English and math placement may also be satisfied by successful completion of ENGL 0305, 0307, or 0309 and MATH 0309 (Kingwood) or 0310 (Kingwood and Tomball).
  • Submit an official transcript from all colleges attended other than Lone Star College System.
  • Complete a minimum of ten hours of general education course credit with a minimum 2.5 GPA (with no grade below a "C") to include ENGL 1301, BIOL 2401 and 3 hours of a general education course required in the degree plan. Note: LSC-Kingwood applicants need to complete PSYC 2301 to meet this requirement. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required on all other courses.

Students Must Have The Following Upon Admission To The Program

  • Physical examination completed by a licensed physician;
  • Verification of updated immunization record; regulations require that prior to patient contact, the student must have completed the Hepatitis B immunization series which is received over a 3 - 6 month period; and,
  • Certificate of completion of CPR prior to Level I Fieldwork.

Incomplete applications will not receive a department review. Each applicant is responsible for contacting the OTA department to confirm that their application is complete. Applicants to the program will be ranked according to their level of achievement of the program admission criteria and will be accepted into the program on a competitive basis. Students must complete Level II fieldwork assignments within 18 months following completion of academic preparation. Additional information can be obtained from the occupational therapy assistant department at LSC-Kingwood and Tomball.

Prerequisite Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
(Required for LSC-Kingwood Students or ONE 3-credit Non-OTHA Course in Degree Plan for LSC-Tomball Students)
3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Prerequisite Semester:

10

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
OTHA1 1301 Intro to Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations
or Activities I
3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR 3
Elective2   Humanities/Fine Arts  

TOTAL Credit Hours for First Semester:

9

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology for Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2331 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 3
PSYC 2314 Life-span Growth & Development 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Semester:

16

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations
or Activities II
3
OTHA1 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Third Semester:

9

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
OTHA 1241 Occupational Performance from Birth to Adolescence 2
OTHA 1253 Occupational Performance for Elders 2
OTHA 2166 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
OTHA 2335 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for First Semester:

8

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
OTHA3 2460 Clinical- Occupational Therapy Assistant 4
OTHA3 2461 Clinical- Occupational Therapy Assistant 4

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Semester:

8

Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for
Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS Degree:

60

  1. OTHA 1301 and 2309 meet communication requirement
  2. Choose from the AAS Core
  3. Capstone course
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