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)
|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|
|6 credit hours|
|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|
|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|
|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: www.acoteonline.org
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.
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.