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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Description:

The Occupational Therapy Program (OTA) is designed to train students to implement treatment procedures, under the supervision of an occupational therapist, for clients of any age with limitations in physical, mental, emotional or developmental abilities. The ultimate goal is to improve the client’s quality of life and independence.

Apply for Competitive Admission:

The OTA program is a competitive progression program. Admission to the college allows the student to take pre-requisite courses required for the program. In order to progress, specific criteria must be met to achieve the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the OCTA courses. These criteria include:

  • Completion of the prerequisite/progression courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Attendance of mandatory advisement sessions

Accreditation Information:

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 208924-3449. Telephone Number: (301) 652-2685, Fax Number: (301) 652-1417, Email:, Web Address:

Graduates of the OTA Program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for certification as an OTA. ( Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) are then eligible to apply for state licenses.

Graduate Information:

COTAs are frequently employed by skilled nursing facilities, acute hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric clinics, vocational rehabilitation centers and may also be found in private practice sites. Of our 2010 graduate COTAs, all are currently working in the field of occupational therapy.

Graduation Year # students entering/graduating Graduation rate
      2013       14/13       93%
      2014       18/17       94%
      2015       20/18       90%
      Total:       52/48       93%

NBCOT Certification Examination Pass Rates:

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at:

Program Director

Barbara Banning, M.Ed., OTR/L


Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Pauline Flicek, OTR/L


Curriculum Outline

FALL SEMESTER: (13 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking       3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric       3
MATH 1111 College Algebra       3
BIOL 2113 and
BIOL 2113L
Anatomy and Physiology I and
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
FALL SEMESTER: (13 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2114 and
BIOL 2114L
Anatomy and Physiology II and
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology       3
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences       2
ENGL 2130 or
HUMN 1101 or
ARTS 1101
MUSC 1101
American Literature or
Introduction to Humanities or
Art Appreciation or
Music Appreciation
SUMMER SEMESTER: Students are evaluated and selected for progression during this term.
FALL SEMESTER I: (12 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
OCTA 1010 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Conditions       4
OCTA 1020 Growth and Development       2
OCTA 1030 Developmental Task Analysis       2
OCTA 1050 Kinesiology       4
SPRING SEMESTER I: (13 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
OCTA 2040 Pediatric Issues and Treatment       4
OCTA 2060 Physical Dysfunction and Treatment       6
OCTA 2130 Therapeutic Adaptations       3
SUMMER SEMESTER I: (11 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
OCTA 2010 Mental Health Issues and Treatment       6
OCTA 2090 Geriatric Issues and Treatment       3
OCTA 2120 Occupational Therapy Trends and Issues       2
FALL SEMESTER II: (12 credit hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
OCTA 2210 Level II Fieldwork-A       6
OCTA 2220 Level II Fieldwork-B       6

The OTA Program requires clinical as well as academic studies. The program cannot guarantee that clinical assignments will be in the Augusta Metropolitan area. It is an academic and physically rigorous program.

Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in a field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. NBCOT now offers the opportunity for prospective students to complete an Early Determination and Character Review ( if in doubt.

For Additional Information:
American Occupational Therapy Association
Georgia Occupational Therapy Association