The occupational therapy assistant works under the direction of an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy provides rehabilitation for people with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. As an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll be a member of a health care team whose goal is to help people improve the quality of their lives by overcoming or compensating for limitations they may have.
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Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 66
Select a course number below to see a course description.
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I **||3|
|COMM 110||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY **||3|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY **||3|
|MATHEMATICS/LABORATORY SCIENCE  *||3 to 4|
|BIOL 140||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY ||4|
|HEOCC 200||DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN ***||3|
|HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ***
|PSY 202||CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ***||3|
|OTA 110||FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT ||4|
|OTA 111||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS ||4|
|OTA 112||MENTAL HEALTH AND FUNCTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN ||4|
|OTA 114||TASK ANALYSIS, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND THERAPEUTIC MEDIA FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT ||4|
|OTA 118||APPLICATIONS OF ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY IN THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS ||4|
|OTA 210||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS AND INTERVENTIONS IN PEDIATRICS ||4|
|OTA 211||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION ||4|
|OTA 212||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT LEVEL II FIELDWORK-PEDIATRICS ||5|
|OTA 213||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT LEVEL II FIELDWORK-PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION ||5|
|OTA 220||MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION FOR THE OTA ||3|
* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program
The certified occupational therapy assistant collaborates with the supervising occupational therapist to provide the use of occupations (everyday life activities) with individuals and/or groups across the life span. These occupations include ADLS (activities of daily living), IADLS (instrumental activities of daily living), education, work, rest, sleep, play, and social participation. Occupational therapy assistants provide services that will promote health, well-being, participation and engagement in occupation throughout one’s lifespan. Occupational therapy assistants apply a holistic approach and recognize the significance of the mind, body and spirit as they focus on areas of physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory impairment. The occupational therapy assistant may be employed in a variety of traditional and emerging practice areas. These practice settings may include but are not limited to: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, out-patient facilities, schools, community based health agencies, behavioral health programs, and home health agencies.
|Summer Semester||BIOL 140|
|Fall Semester 1||OTA 110; OTA 111; OTA 118|
|Spring Semester 1||PSY 110; HEOCC 200; OTA 112; OTA 114|
|Summer Semester||CHILD 120 or PSY 202; COMM 110; Mathematics/Laboratory Science|
|Fall Semester 2||ENGL 110; OTA 210; OTA 212|
|Spring Semester 2||OTA 211; OTA 213; OTA 220; Humanities|
Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at ICC 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 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/0 AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For more certification information, visit nbcot.org.
Applicants seeking NBCOT certification and state licensure are required to report a history of a felony or misdemeanor. NBCOT will review the information submitted by the applicant and will determine if the applicant is eligible to sit for the certification examination. A history of a felony or a misdemeanor may jeopardize the applicant’s eligibility for certification or licensure. If you have a criminal history, it is recommended that the applicant complete a characterization review PRIOR to beginning the OTA program at ICC. For all certification information, please go to nbcot.org and click on Certification Candidates.
Each state also has specific requirements for licensure. Contact the appropriate state board or Department of Professional Regulation for more information: Occupational Therapy Regulatory Body Contact List by State.
All occupational therapy education programs must evaluate the level of success for their programs — this is program evaluation. It is the responsibility of the Illinois Central Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program to communicate these findings to the public. The public may include interested students and their families, consumers, accrediting bodies, potential employers and the community at large.
Program evaluation allows faculty to objectively measure their strengths and weaknesses to improve the program. This information can be used by the public before applying to the program, hiring program graduates or investing resources. Evaluating a program is important to make positive pragmatic decisions that affect students, graduates, employers and the community at large.
Here you’ll find:
|Year||Students Admitted||Students Earn Degree||Graduation Rate|
Note: Graduation persistence data may seem to vary significantly from year to year because the starting cohorts are small.
|Year||Graduates||Test Takers||Passed Exam||Percentage Rate|
|Year||Graduates||Graduates Responding to Survey||Survey Responders Securing Employment in OT or Related Field||Graduate Report Ability to Function as an Entry Level OTA|
Note: Data is based on response rate and not representative of all program graduates.
|Year||Graduates||Employers Responding to Survey||Employers Rate Graduates as Exceeds or Meets Expectations|
|2016||14||5 (3% response rate)||90%|
|2017||13||10 (40% response rate)||100%|
Note: New program evaluation measure in 2015. Data is based on response rate and not representative of all employers.
Becoming an occupational therapy assistant requires the completion of an education program that is both intellectually and physically challenging. The student will be expected to acquire knowledge, enhance motor performance and develop professional behaviors and attitudes that are necessary to provide ethical, safe, effective, compassionate care across the lifespan. The purpose of the core performance standards is to inform students of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program of the requirements that they can reasonably be expected to meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, while participating in the program.
Upon entering this program, students should consider the following: The Core Performance Standards are used to assist in the determination as to whether accommodations or modifications are necessary for a student to meet program requirements. A student who identifies potential difficulties with meeting the Core Performance Standards should communicate his/her concerns to the Program Director. The student has the responsibility to identify and document any disability and to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations as needed. All students must be otherwise qualified and able to perform independently in all areas. Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether any accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. They are also reasonable expectations of employers; however, employers may have different standards. The ability to meet these standards does not guarantee employment upon graduation.
Student will need to communicate effectively and efficiently with peers, faculty, clients, families, caregivers and interprofessional team members both verbally and, in writing, and non-verbally. This includes, but is not limited to:
Student should demonstrate sound judgment; establish empathic and therapeutic relationships with clients and others. Student demonstrates the ability to perform in stressful situations and tolerates close physical contact with co-workers and clients. This includes, but is not limited to:
The student should have sufficient gross and fine motor capabilities to execute the movements and skills required to provide safe and effective occupational therapy treatment to complete full-time work weeks during OTA program participation. This includes, but is not limited, to:
The student should have sufficient physical abilities to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
Student should have sufficient sensory abilities to assess and monitor clients, observe physical movement, participate in physical measures, and recognize and respond to clients’ needs in unsafe situations. Student should have the ability to obtain information in classroom, laboratory, or clinical settings through observation, palpation and other measures, and requires abilities including, but not limited to:
Student should possess sufficient abilities in the areas of critical problem solving, reasoning, and assessment to be able to comprehend and process information in a timely manner. Student will be asked to prioritize, organize, and attend to tasks and responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:
Student should demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical calculations
In order to be eligible for placement at a Fieldwork education site, students admitted to the program will need to:
Students for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are required to certify that these essentials have been provided to them. Individuals who believe they do not meet the essential requirements may request reasonable accommodation. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Access Services (309) 694-5749. Reasonable accommodations are arranged through Access Services.