About the Program

Please Note:

The HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences’ Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has transitioned from a Certificate Program to an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. The Certificate Program is no longer available.

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 29, 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.

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A Career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on helping people – The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities - or “occupations” - with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, the occupational therapy assistant provides patient treatment, collects data for evaluations, develops goals for treatment, and documents treatment. Treatment interventions include, but is not limited to, therapeutic exercises, transfer training, activities of daily living re-training, handwriting intervention, sensory integration activities, re-training in independent activities of daily living, and neuromuscular facilitation techniques.

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

For admission consideration, one must first be eligible for admissions to Houston Community College. This requires a completed HCCS application and passing TASP/THEA score, unless exempt. The applicant must complete and submit an "HCCS Application for Admissions" on-line at http://saweb if no previous enrollment or testing activity has taken place at HCCS. Students with no prior college experience are required to take the COMPASS test in reading, writing and mathematics.

Students must attend an Occupational Therapy Information Session prior to the application deadline. Sessions are offered throughout the semester. Please view session dates at: colemanconnection.org.  Following a brief introduction to Coleman College, students are able to navigate the site to apply and find information such as session dates and time.

Additional requirements for completing of application:

The following must also be submitted:

  • Application for Health Sciences Program at http://coleman.hccs.edu/coleman/admission-information.
  • Official high school transcript or official GED scores
  • Provide official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
  • Completion of the following with a grade of ‘C’ or better:
    • MATH 0312 – Intermediate Algebra (if  assessed below college level math)
    • BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I (Must be completed within 5 years prior to admission to the program.)
    • ENGL 1301 – Composition I
    • PSYC 2301 – Introduction to Psychology
    • OTHA 1301 – Introduction to OT
  • Completion of HPRS 1201 – Introduction to Health Professions (if you have less than 12 college credits).
  • Observation in an OT setting – 24 hours with verification of hours signed by and occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who was involved in the supervision of your observation experience
  • Two-page, typewritten report, with a cover sheet, covering hours of observation with certified OT professionals or staff, discussing what you observed and how it influenced you, on facility’s official letterhead with the name and phone number of the person(s) providing the observation.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation on official letterhead.

Application material must be provided to Student Services at Coleman College by the application deadline.  All required documentation must be received by the application deadline of May 29 for the applicant to be invited to participate in an in-person interview process in the month of June to determine acceptance into the program. HCC’s OTA Program must limit their enrollment due to limited classroom and lab space. Candidates who have met the standard requirements indicated in the Admission Steps will be invited to the in-person interview process by mail and email. Therefore, acceptance into the OTA Program is a competitive, selective, and multi-step process. Acceptance into the Program will be based on grades, required materials provided with application, and the results from the in-person interview process. 

Requirements include the completion of the required pre-requisite courses. Though not having all required pre-requisites completed at the time of the application deadline may not affect acceptance, a student who has completed the required pre-requisite courses before admission is considered a stronger candidate for acceptance. These students will rank higher in the selection process than a student who has courses pending. Therefore, completion of required pre-requisites prior to the application deadline or prior to the in-person interview is highly recommended.

The applicant will be informed of the admission committee’s decision regarding their acceptance in July of the application year. 

Please note: An individual with a previous felony conviction should contact the ECPTOTE at 512.305.6900 prior to admission into the program. The Board will review each case and determine if an individual is eligible for licensure as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. 

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

Degree Plan

Click here to view the degree plan for Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

 

Job Outlook for OTA

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.
  • Percentile wage estimates for this occupation from lowest to highest percentile follows:
Percentile10%25%50% (Median)75%90%
Hourly Wage $15.85 $20.47 $25.60 $30.81 $35.16
Annual Wage $32,970 $42,580 $53,240 $64,080 $73,120

Information Sessions

  • Students must attend an Occupational Therapy Information Session prior to the application deadline.
  • Information session can be found on the following site: http://colemanconnection.org/

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