Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market

Degree and Program Requirements

70-71 credit hours are required for successful completion of the OTA program (variation occurs due to differences in college courses)

First Year Fall Semester:
Pre-requisite:  Human Anatomy and Physiology I- 4 credits
English 3 credits
Disease and Impact on Occupation 3 credits
Medical Terminology 3 credits
Introduction to Occupational Therapy 2 credits
Occupational Therapy Theory I 4 credits
Clinical Observation 2 credits
Occupational Development 1 credit
18 credit hours
Summer semester:
Math 3 credits
Speech 3 credits
6 credit hours
First Year Spring Semester:
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Occupational Therapy Group Process 2 credits
Activities of Daily Living 3 credits
Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities 3 credits
Clinical Rotation I 1 credit
Occupational Therapeutic Media 3 credits
19 credit hours
Second Year Fall Semester:
Child Psychology 3 credits
Psychosocial Therapy and Practice 3 credits
Occupational Therapy Theory II 1.5 credits
Aging and Impact on Occupation 1.5 credits
Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics 4 credits
Clinical Rotation II 2 credits
15 credit hours
Second Year Spring Semester:
Occupational Therapy Administration 3 credit hours
Fieldwork Experience I 4.5 credit hours
Fieldwork Experience II 4.5 credit hours
12 credit hours

Fieldwork experience I and fieldwork experience II must be completed within 18 months of completion of the academic coursework.


The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

ACOTE is located at:

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
Web address:

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

2017 25/22 88%
2016 25/21 84%
2015 25/21 84%
Total 75/64 85%

The occupational therapy assistant program at Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market, Herrin, IL, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective April 1, 2017 for failure to document significant progress toward correction of an area of noncompliance related to 2011 OTA Standards A.5.1 (program’s strategic plan). 

The program has been requested to submit a Progress Report to return the program to full compliance with the Standards within the mandated time period for correction.