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Overview

Summary

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.

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Program Admission Criteria

This is an application based program. Students interested in applying to the medical assisting program should read the additional Occupational Therapy Assistant program requirements.

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 LSC 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.
  • 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.

Accreditation

This program is 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 (2682) ACOTEonline.org.

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.

Contact

LSC-Kingwood

Please contact Alma Watson at Alma.R.Watson@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1464 for more information.

LSC-Tomball

Please contact Terra Ruppert at Terra.Ruppert@LoneStar.edu or call 281.826.5394 for more information.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 7 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Elective One other 3-credit non-OTHA course in the OTHA AAS curriculum listed below1  

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
OTHA 1301 Intro to Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy 3
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Inventions I 3
OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology for Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2331 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 3
PSYC 2314 Life-span Growth & Development 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II 3
OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 11 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
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy and Culture1 3
Second Semester Courses 8 Credits
OTHA 2460 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant2 4
OTHA 2461 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant2 4
Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Choose one other 3-credit non-OTHA course in the OTHA AAS curriculum.
  2. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $54,5201

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant2
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.