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Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)

Become an occupational therapy practitioner at JCC

An occupational therapy practitioner (OTP), which includes occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and occupational therapists (OT), works with diverse communities, populations, and people to improve engagement in life’s tasks. The OTA, under the supervision of an OT, helps clients participate in purposeful and meaningful activities which assist them to perform daily tasks at home, at school, and in the community.

As a member of a healthcare, educational, or community-based team, you will work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, teachers, and many other professionals. You will also play a valuable role in educating clients, families, and the community on safe and effective methods to enhance function and quality of life, while providing alternative ways to engage in activities that improve health and participation.

The A.A.S. degree prepares you for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. You can enter the workforce in an entry level position as an occupational therapy assistant or in a related field, or continue your education to become an occupational therapist. Program results from NBCOT can be found online. A felony conviction may impact a graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing. Please contact the program director if you have questions about your unique situation.

  • JCC’s OTA program 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/o AOTA, is 301.652.AOTA.
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How to apply to OTA

The OTA program has a supplemental application in addition to the JCC application. See steps to apply to JCC's OTA program »

Classroom Engagement

  • Hands-on learning
  • Personal growth, mentorship, and professional development
  • Networking
  • Supportive classroom community

Community Involvement

  • Fieldwork experiences
  • Service to the community
  • Partnerships with Mental Health Association, GA Learning Center, Chautauqua Blind Association, and other area organizations

Success after JCC

OTA students find success after JCC. 75% of graduates find jobs in occupational therapy or related healthcare fields, or continue on for their OT degree. 90% of graduates are satisfied with their ability to function in an entry level OTA or related position.


The affordability of your education matters. In two years at JCC you’ll be ready to take the NBCOT exam and become a professional in occupational therapy. JCC offers the national recognition and affordable cost of a SUNY community college, plus field expertise from licensed OTPs who work in the classroom and local OT community.

You can enter the workforce immediately after graduation or choose to pursue additional education, whether you want to continue directly after JCC or spend some time in the field. You can continue your education through our transfer agreement with Gannon University or other bridge programs. Either way, you’ll have completed two years toward an advanced degree at significant cost savings and the flexibility to work full-time in a professional field.

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Minimum program credit hours: 64

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
26 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior3
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II4
MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics or MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3
Core Requirements
38 credit hours
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy3
OTA 1520: Medical Specialties3
OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I1
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts/Techniques2
OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II1
OTA 1640: Therapeutic Interventions I2
OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth-Young Adult3
OTA 1700: Introduction to Professional Practice1
OTA 2520: Adulthood and Aging2
OTA 2540: Community Based Practice1
OTA 2550: Technology and Environmental Applications for Living3
OTA 2560: Therapeutic Interventions II1
OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic2
OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation3
OTA 2700: Fieldwork IIA5
OTA 2720: Fieldwork IIB5
Important Points
  • MAT 1540 is recommended and most widely transferred into OT programs.
  • ENG 1540 is recommended and needed for transfer.
  • BIO 2510 and BIO 2520 must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Students must successfully pass each OTA course with a minimum grade of “C” and GPA of 2.5 or better to enroll in OTA 2700 and OTA 2720. A student will be able to repeat two OTA core courses one time. Should the student be unsuccessful in repeating any OTA course, he/she would be ineligible to continue in the OTA program. Should a student be required to repeat more than two OTA core courses he/she will be ineligible to continue in the OTA program.
  • Both course and fieldwork levels I and II experiences require travel. Students must have transportation to participate and successfully meet all course and fieldwork requirements. Special housing may be needed for one or both level II fieldwork experiences.
  • All students will take OTA 1700 either concurrently with OTA 2520 and OTA 1650 or during the summer following completion of OTA 2520 and OTA 1650.
  • OTA students must complete the full-time Level II Fieldwork within 12 months following completion of OTA 2510, 2530, 2550, and 2620.
  • CPR certification through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers) is required prior to registering for OTA 2700 or OTA 2720.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and exhibit professional, desirable workplace behaviors which reflect occupational therapy standards of practice.
  2. Apply occupation-based, client-centered interventions to treat the varying needs of their clients.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to research evidence- based practices through technology and to educate their communities about occupational therapy.
  4. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills while discovering community resources, solving problems, and offering innovative occupational therapy treatment  to use in challenging health care environments.
  5. Design and implement programming to engage consumers and/or caregivers in opportunities to improve their quality of life and well-being.