Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The program is designed to provide students with the philosophical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge necessary to provide quality occupational therapy. This curriculum is designed to prepare students to assist and collaborate with occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. Students will participate in classroom and fieldwork experiences in this program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates must take and pass a national board exam and complete the licensing process in order to begin a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Graduates may, in accordance with state laws, assist in development of treatment plans; carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 13
1st Semester
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
OCT 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OCT 205 Therapeutic Media 2
OCT 225 Neurological Concepts for Occupational Therapy Assistants 4
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total 15
2nd Semester
OCT 190 Coordinated Internship (Pediatrics) 1
OCT 203 Occupational Therapy with Developmental Disabilities 4
OCT 207 Therapeutic Skills 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 14
3rd Semester
OCT 190 Coordinated Internship in OT (Psychosocial Dysfunction) 1
OCT 195 Topics in Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy 1
OCT 201 Occupational Therapy with Psychosocial Dysfunction 3
Total 5
4th Semester
OCT 190 Coordinated Internship in OT (Psychosocial Dysfunction) 1
OCT 202 Occupational Therapy with Physical Disabilities 4
OCT 206 Dyadic and Group Dynamics 3
OCT 208 Occupational Therapy Service Management 3
OCT 210 Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy 2
Total 13
5th Semester
OCT 290 Coordinated Internship in OT 4
OCT 290 Coordinated Internship in OT 4
OCT 295 Trends in Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy Practice 1
Total 9
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO
141
4
BIO
142
4
ENG
111
3
HLT
141
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 13
1st Semester
1
3
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
OCT
100
3
OCT
205
2
Neurological Concepts for Occupational Therapy Assistants
OCT
225
4
PSY
200
3
Total 15
2nd Semester
Coordinated Internship (Pediatrics)
OCT
190
1
OCT
203
4
OCT
207
3
PSY
215
3
PSY
230
3
Total 14
3rd Semester
Coordinated Internship in OT (Psychosocial Dysfunction)
OCT
190
1
Topics in Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy
OCT
195
1
OCT
201
3
Total 5
4th Semester
Coordinated Internship in OT (Psychosocial Dysfunction)
OCT
190
1
OCT
202
4
Dyadic and Group Dynamics
OCT
206
3
OCT
208
3
OCT
210
2
Total 13
5th Semester
Coordinated Internship in OT
OCT
290
4
Coordinated Internship in OT
OCT
290
4
Trends in Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy Practice
OCT
295
1
Total 9
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

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