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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The A.A.S. degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is the study of occupational therapy as a skilled healthcare service that uses occupation to promote meaningful living. Occupational therapy assistants, under the guidance of occupational therapists, adapt activities, tasks, and the environment in order to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfill their chosen occupations and life roles. Career options can include employment in hospitals, clinics, schools, specialized community care settings, and wellness programs.     
      
The program’s mission is to prepare competent and effective occupational therapy practitioners who value occupation as both a means and as an end to quality living for self and others through a sound educational experience that includes preparation in:     
  • The occupational therapy process     
  • The impact of culture
  • Use of self as an agent of change
  • Ethical professional practice
  • Teaching and learning processes
  • Collaborating as a healthcare professional
  • Working in a variety of practice environments
  • Oral and written communication skills
Students can make formal application to the program when all pre-admission coursework is completed, or when pre-admission coursework completion will occur before the beginning of Semester I of the program. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each pre-admission and general education course. If more candidates apply than the program can accept, the best qualified will be admitted.     
      
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. (Address: Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Educators, c/o Accreditation Department, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, http://acoteonline.org. Phone: (301) 652-2682). Program participants are eligible for graduation from the OTA Program with an A.A.S. degree upon successful completion of all required academic courses and fieldwork. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Occupational Therapy Assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, an individual becomes a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Determination of exam eligibility for applicants who have a felony related charge or conviction requires individualized review by NBCOT, Inc. Most states require licensure in order to practice. Illinois license issuance is based upon the results of the NBCOT Certification exam.​     

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Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are to be taken in this order:

First Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 107 & 108;

Second Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 109 & 110;

Third Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 209, 210 & 211;

Fourth Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 212, 213 & 214;

Summer Term: ​Occupational Therapy Assistant 215 & 216 (Work-Based Learning Courses)
 

 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

0259

Funding Options

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Courses

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Prerequisites

  CH

Program General Requirements

15 CH

Child Development (0090) OR Psychology (0087)   

207 Child Psychology OR...........................................................................3 CH 
101 Human Growth and Development I......................................................4 CH 

Program Core Requirements

45 CH

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

3 CH

​Child Dev. (0090) OR Psychology (0087) OR Social Service (0091) 

102 Human Growth and Development II OR....................................................3 CH 
222 Adult Development and Aging OR.............................................................3 CH 
102 Introduction to Gerontology........................................................................3 CH 
  

Area of Focus

  CH

Focus Electives

  CH

Learning Work-Based Learning Courses

12 CH
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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