About the Program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. 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, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220; phone number 301-652-AOTA (2682). The web address is www.AOTA.org.

The application deadline is May 30, with classes beginning the Fall semester of the same year. Following completion of pre-requisites, there are four on-campus semesters where students complete all required occupational therapy coursework, followed by one semester off-campus to complete the required clinical Fieldwork. Clinical Fieldwork will occur at medical facilities in the Houston area.

Following completion of all required coursework and the clinical Fieldwork, students are able to take the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In the state of Texas, results indicating a passing grade from the NBCOT exam can be provided to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE) to become licensed to practice as a COTA in the state of Texas.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a full-time day program with classes being offered during the weekday. OTHA 1301 Introduction to Occupational Therapy is offered online during each academic semester, including the Summer semester. Every semester, the Program accepts 20-25 students.

The current pass rates for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program can be found here.

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A Career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

The National Bureau of Labor Statistics has found the following:

  • Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 43 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average growth for other occupations
  • Demand for occupational therapy is expected to rise significantly over the coming decade in response to the health needs of the aging baby-boom generation and a growing elderly population.
  • Occupational therapy is important with treating children and young adults with developmental disabilities like autism, genetic disorders, and complications from prematurity.

As of May 2012, in the state of Texas, the annual mean wage for occupational therapy assistants was  $62, 050, with an annual mean hourly rate of $29.83.

Where do Occupational Therapy Assistants work?

  • Hospitals
    • Acute care
    • Inpatient rehab
    • Specialty units (e.g. spinal cord injury)
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health
  • Work rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Psychiatric units in hospitals
  • Community mental health programs
  • Specialty units in nursing homes (e.g. dementia units)
  • Schools
  • Pediatric units in hospitals
  • Oncology, burn units, neonatal intensive care, etc.
  • Hospital-based outpatient clinics
  • Private clinics
  • Private practice
  • Hand therapy
  • Driver rehabilitation
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Assistive technology
  • Design & accessibility consultation

Admission Steps

Are you ready to start the application process for Occupational Therapy Assistant? Click here to download the admission steps.

Degree Plan

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Tuition Costs

Estimated Cost  
Initial Costs  
Lab Cost $25.00
Scrubs $35.00
Stethoscopes $60.00
Shoes $65.00
Health Physical $85.00
Vaccines $150.00
Photo ID / Pre-check $70.00
Total $490.00

 

Prerequisites

In District

Out of district

Out of State

HPRS 1201

140.80

284.80

379.80

EGLS  1301

208.20

424.20

473.40

PSYC 2301

208.20

424.20

473.40

OTHA 1301

208.20

424.20

473.40

BIOL 2401

275.60

563.60

629.60

 

 

 

 

Total for Prerequisites

1041.00

2121.00

2429.60

 

 

 

 

 

1st Year

 

 

1St SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Courses

In District

Out of District

Out of State

15 Credit Hours

1,014.00

2,094.00

2,341.50

Books

460.00

460.00

460.00

Parking

350.00

350.00

350.00

Lab fees

24.00

24.00

24.00

Liabilities Ins

12.00

12.00

12.00

Total

1,860.00

2,940.00

3187.50

 

 

 

 

2nd Semester 

 

 

 

15 Credit Hours

1,014.00

2,094.00

2,341.50

Books

205.00

205.00

205.00

Parking

350.00

350.00

350.00

Lab Fees

24.00

24.00

24.00

Liabilities Ins

12.00

             12.00

12.00

Total

1,860.00

2,940.00

3187.50

 

 

 

 

3rd Semester 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Courses

In District

Out of District

Out of State

9 Credit Hours

612.60

1,260.60

1,409.10

Books

160.00

160.00

160.00

Lab Fees

24.00

24.00

24.00

Liabilities Ins

12.00

12.00

12.00

Total

808.00

1,456.60

1,605.10

 

 

 

 

TOTAL  YEAR 1       

4,528.00

7,336.60

7980.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd year

 

 

1st Semester 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Courses

In District

Out of District

Out of State

11 Credit Hours

747.40

1,539.40

1720.90

Books

320.00

320.00

320.00

Parking

350.00

350.00

350.00

Lab Fees

24.00

24.00

24.00

Liabilities Ins

12.00

12.00

12.00

Total

1,453.40

2,245.40

2,426.90

 

 

 

 

2nd Semester

 

 

 

7 Credit Hours

477.80

981.80

1,097.30

Books

320.00

320.00

320.00

Parking

350.00

350.00

350.00

Lab Fees

24.00

24.00

24.00

Liabilities Ins

12.00

12.00

12.00

Clinical Sim Lab fees

12.00

12.00

12.00

Total

1,195.80

1,699.80

1,815.30

 

 

 

 

TOTAL YEAR 2

2,649.20

    3,945.20          

4,242.20

 

 

 

 

Total Program Costs 

8218.00

13,402.80

 14,651.90