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Occupational Therapy Assistant

If you want to work with people in the health and rehabilitation profession, think about a career as an occupational therapy assistant.

In the simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person's goals
  • Customized intervention to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan


To find if this is the right career for you, please contact:

Māpuana Carey, Allied Health Curriculum Advisor
509-5333-3288
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu

For questions regarding transferability of previous college credits, please contact

Laura Woods, Counselor
509-533-3530
laura.woods@sfcc.spokane.edu


Federal/State Curriculum Requirements:

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.


Criminal Record and Certification

All states require licensure in order to practice, however state licenses are usually based upon the results of the NBCOT examination. Be advised that a criminal record may render an individual ineligible to take the certification exam and consequently ineligible to practice as an occupational therapy assistant. If you have concerns pertaining to a past criminal record, you should contact NBCOT at 301-990-7979 to determine your eligibility for the exam.


Student Outcomes

Year of Graduation 2020 2021 2022 3 Year Average
(Graduation,
licensure pass rate and employment rate)
Number of Students Matriculated1 18 16 17 N/A
Graduation Rate 94% 72% 78% 81%
NBCOT Exam Pass Rate2 100% 100% 100% 100%
Percent of Graduates Employed Within 1 Year3 100% 100% Pending  

1 Applicants who were offered a place in the class who enrolled and began the program.
2 Pass rate is based on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data.
3 Graduate survey data

View program results online from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Students that Graduate from the SFCC OTA program will be able to:

  1. Produce occupation-based/medically-based care that is reflective of both the client environment, and of the individuality and unique roles of that client.
  2. Develop skilled treatment reflective of evidenced-based practice through the ability to locate current research information, evaluate and apply the information to populations served.
  3. Establish therapeutic relationships with clients, families and caregivers representative of an understanding of their self and their impact on the therapeutic process.
  4. Demonstrate respect and professionalism in all patient interactions recognizing differences in culture, beliefs about health and wellness, and lifestyle choices.
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors with clients, families, and other medical / health personnel.
  6. Explain the role of both the OTA and OT, differences in scope of practice, and supervising guidelines – both legal and professional.
  7. Apply practice models, knowledge and skills to a wide variety of treatment settings through clinical reasoning and thinking.
  8. Sit and pass the NBCOT exam with 85% success.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 101
Foundation of Occupational Therapy
3
OTA 102
Occupational Therapy Terminology
1
OTA 106
Regional Human Anatomy and Physiology
5
OTA 110
OTA Procedures
2
OTA 111
Activity Analysis
3
OTA 120
OTA Procedures Lab
2
Total Credits
 
16
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 103
Applied Anatomy
2
OTA 104
Survey of Pathophysiology
5
OTA 105
Introduction to Neuroscience
4
OTA 113
Occupational Therapy Principles
3
OTA 123
Applied Anatomy Lab
2
Total Credits
 
16
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 107
Human Development through the Lifespan
2
OTA 112
Occupational Performance and Physical Disabilities
3
OTA 114
Therapeutic Activities
3
OTA 122
Occupational Performance and Physical Disabilities Lab
2
OTA 124
Therapeutic Activities Lab
2
OTA 127
Human Development Through the Lifespan Lab
1
OTA 151
Level I Clinical Fieldwork 1- Physical Disabilities
1
OTA 161
Documentation for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
1
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 202
Group Dynamics
2
OTA 203
Management for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
2
OTA 210
Occupational Performance and Mental Health
3
OTA 212
Occupational Performance and Children
3
OTA 220
Occupational Performance and Mental Health Lab
2
OTA 232
Group Dynamics Lab
1
OTA 242
Occupational Performance and Children Lab
2
OTA 251
Level I Clinical Fieldwork II- Pediatrics and Mental Health
1
OTA 261
Level II Fieldwork Skills Seminar
1
Total Credits
 
17
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 201
Issues in Occupational Therapy and Health Care
2
OTA 221
Occupational Performance and Aging
3
OTA 231
Occupational Performance and Aging Lab
2
OTA 252
Level I Clinical Fieldwork III
1
OTA 253
Level II Clinical Fieldwork 1a
4
OTA 263
Fieldwork II Seminar 1
1
Total Credits
 
13
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OTA 254
Level II Clinical Fieldwork 1b
4
OTA 255
Level II Clinical Fieldwork 2
8
OTA 264
Fieldwork II Seminar 2
1
Total Credits
 
13
 

Admission Requirements

  • Apply for Admission to SFCC

  • Completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application Booklet. Applications are accepted during the winter quarter preceding fall quarter entry into the program. See the booklet for specific due dates. Entry into the program is only one time a year, Fall quarter.

  • Completion of 3 essay questions related to occupational therapy (located in the Application Booklet).

  • Minimum 2.0 in ENGL& 101.

  • Minimum 2.0 in MATH course.

  • Minimum 2.0 in BIOL& 241.

  • Minimum 2.0 in PSYCH&100.

  • Documentation of volunteer experience in a medical setting (30 volunteer hours under the supervision of an OT or an OTA).

  • Professional Reference (mailed separately to OTA office).

  • Once application is assessed, student may be invited to participate in a group interview/activity session prior to selection.

  • ESL (English as Second Language) students must complete the TOEFL with a minimum score of 74 within the past 2 years. Please request a paper score be submitted to the SFCC OTA Program Director (mailing address is listed in our booklets) upon completion of the TOEFL prior to sending in your program application. Please refer to www.ets.org/toefl for more information.

  • Upon acceptance, the student will be informed of documentation needed: current immunizations, drug screening (required by some fieldwork sites), Washington State Patrol and national criminal background check, CPR, and first aid.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    8,916
  • Non-Resident

    $
    11,010
  • International

    $
    20,412
  • Avg. Books

    $
    702
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    N/A
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    N/A

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Program Specialist 2
    Mapuana.Carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3288
  • Laura Woods
    Laura Woods
    Counselor
    B.A., St. Bonaventure University; M.S., Eastern Washington University
    Laura.Woods@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3530
  • Jessica Cusack
    Jessica Cusack
    Occupational Therapy Asst
    B.S., Eastern Washington University; M.Ed., Western Governors University
    Jessica.Cusack@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6094
  • Katelyn Smith
    Katelyn Smith
    Administrative Assistant 2
    Katelyn.Smith@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6073
  • Megan Slayton
    Megan Slayton
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Megan.Slayton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227

  • Lance Best
    Lance Best
    Allied Health Instruct Tech
    Lance.Best@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6242
  • Cynthia Cobbs
    Cynthia Cobbs
    Administrative Assistant 3
    Cynthia.Cobbs@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3523
  • Athena Lorig
    Athena Lorig
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Athena.Lorig@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227
  • Dana McPhee
    Dana McPhee
    Physical Therapist Asst
    B.S., Gonzaga University; M.S., Pacific University
    Dana.McPhee@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6224
  • Emily Orne
    Emily Orne
    Allied Health Clinical Coord
    Emily.Orne@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6204
  • Chris Pelchat
    Chris Pelchat
    Dean PSLWE
    B.A., M.Ed., Eastern Washington University; PhD., University of Idaho
    Chris.Pelchat@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3429
  • April Ritter
    April Ritter
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    April.Ritter@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6094
  • Tracy Strong
    Tracy Strong
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Tracy.Strong@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6728
  • Tana Tenold
    Tana Tenold
    Occupational Therapy Asst
    B.A., Western Washington University
    Tana.Tenold@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6077
  • Natasha Volkmann
    Natasha Volkmann
    Occupational Therapy Asst
    B.S., Eastern Washington University; M.S. Boston University
    Natasha.Volkmann@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6083

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652-2682 or (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is acoteonline.org.

Program start: Fall
Pre-requisites: ENGL& 101, BIOL& 241, PSYCH& 100, and either MATH93 or BUS123 (with minimum 2.0 GPA)
30 hours of volunteer experience in 2 facilities under supervision of OT/OTS

Number of students each start: 16-18
Contact: mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
Applications deadline: April 14, 2023. To be considered for the waitlist, applications must be submitted by April 28, 2023. Completion of the OTA Application Booklet (must download and print)


Criminal Record and Certification

All states require licensure in order to practice, however state licenses are usually based upon the results of the NBCOT examination. Be advised that a criminal record may render an individual ineligible to take the certification exam and consequently ineligible to practice as an occupational therapy assistant. If you have concerns pertaining to a past criminal record, you should contact NBCOT at 301-990-7979 to determine your eligibility for the exam.

Selective Admission

SFCC's OTA program incorporates a selective process for admission. This process uses a point system based on coursework and experiences as outlined in the application. In order to be accepted into the program, these pre-requisites must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 or higher: ENGL& 101, PSYCH& 100, BIOL& 241, and MATH 93 or higher. Please be aware that the completion of all prerequisites does not ensure admission to the program. Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Information and Application Booklet for important, detailed information about the application process.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Jessica Cusack

Program Director
Jessica.Cusack@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-279-6094
Building 27, Office 27-352

Māpuana Carey

Pathways Specialist
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3502
Building 19, Office 106