Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS DegreeASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE

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Prerequisite Courses 10 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
First Semester Courses 9 Credits
OTHA 1301 Intro to Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 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
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 Culture 3
Second Semester Courses 8 Credits
OTHA 2460 or OTHA 2160 and OTHA 2360 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 4
OTHA 2461 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant2 4
Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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

 

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Program Details

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.

Job Opportunities

Graduates will have obtained entry-level skills as an occupational therapy assistant that will provide them with the opportunity to work in a variety of settings.

Admission Information:

Criminal background check

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 has been charged/convicted or received deferred adjudication of a felony or misdemeanor they must contact NBCOT and Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE) to determine certification and licensure eligibility. If a student is charged/convicted or received deferred adjudication 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.

Prerequisites

ENGL 1301 and MATH 0309MATH 0310, or college credit math course completion with a grade of "C" or better or comparable test scores showing eligibility to enter into college-level math.

Completion of a minimum of 10 hours of general education course credit with a minimum 2.5 GPA to include ENGL 1301BIOL 2401 and PSYC 2301.

Job performance standards

http://www.lonestar.edu/departments/occupationaltherapyasst/Admission-Progression-Performance-Requirements.pdf

Minimum age requirement

Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years old by application deadline to apply to the program.

Application process

Apply for admission to the occupational therapy assistant department by submitting a formal application and all required official documents to the department. 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-Tomball (Fall program start) or LSC-Kingwood (Spring program start).

Incomplete applications will not receive a department review. Applicants are 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. 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). Applicants will be notified by mail or email of their admission status. 

Admitted Student Requirements

Immunizations/Physical examination

Verification of updated immunization record on first day of class; regulations require that prior to patient contact, the student must have completed the Hepatitis B immunization series that is received over a 3 - 6 month  period.  Physical examination completed by a licensed physician.

Progression requirements

Students must complete Level II fieldwork assignments within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Equipment/uniform requirements 

Requirements vary by program and fieldwork placement.

Health insurance 

Some clinical sites may require students to provide evidence of personal health insurance.

CPR certification 

Students must provide a certificate of completion of CPR prior to Level I Fieldwork.

Drug testing 

Clinical facilities may require completion of satisfactory drug screening.

Readmission/Reapplication Requirements

Contact Program director for further information.

Transfer Guidelines (internal & external)

Transfer of students whether internal or external to the Lone Star College System will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Statement of licensure eligibility

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.

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD  20852-4929 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.

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