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AS Occupational Therapy Assistant

An Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy
Assistant is offered in cooperation with the
School of Health Professions at Rutgers
University. A degree is awarded simultaneously by
Ocean County College and Rutgers.

32 of the 35 General Education credits must be
taken at Ocean County College; transfer credits
cannot be considered. All occupational therapy
assistant courses are taken at Rutgers Scotch
Plains campus.

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students must apply for admission to
this program which has limited and competitive
enrollment. To qualify for consideration for
admission, a student must be matriculated at OCC,
be a resident of Ocean County, have a minimum 2.5
cumulative grade point average in the core
requirements, have two letters of recommendation
(from a faculty member and an Occupational
Therapist or OT Assistant), have completed a
required 20 hour observation in the field in a
clinical setting under the supervision of a
licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational
Therapy Assistant, submit and essay, and have a
personal interview with the OTA admissions
committee at Rutgers.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy
Assistant Program the graduate will:
1. Become a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy
Assistant) by successfully passing the National
Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Assistant (NBCOT) exam within six months of
2. Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of
the OTA as defined by the Americal Occupational
Therapy Association (AOTA), consistent with the
licensure regulations for an OTA in New Jersey.
3. Communicate effectively in an understandable
and professional manner with clients, families,
colleagues, and the public.
4. Produce clear and understandable documentation
according to the requirements of the facility,
federal and state laws, regulatory and payer
requirements, and AOTA documents.
5. Deliver occupational therapy services under
the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT)
in accordance with teh AOTA Practice Framework.
 - Practice in a safe, ethical, and collaborative
manner under the supervision of an occupational
therapist in accordance with the regulations of
the healthcare, educational, or community
 - Provide occupational therapy services to
persons, groups, and populations from diverse
experiences and cultures in health care,
educational and community settings.
 - Contribute to the evaluation process of the
person, group, or population, by gathering
information, implementing assigned assessments,
and reporting results to the OT and treatment
 - Provide occupational therapy interventions
under the guidance of an occupational therapist
in accordance with evidence-based OT practice
models, and that support the philosophy and
values of the profession.
 - Encourage, advise, and coach persons,
caregivers, groups, and populations affected by
physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and
developmental disorders or delays, and the aging
process, to choose and practice occupations and
skills that support adaptation to such life
 - Problem solving to devise, in collaboration
wit the client, OT, and team, alternative
contexts, environmental adaptations, and/or task
modifications to support participation in valued
occupations, routines, and roles.
 - Teach individuals, groups, and populations
about the health promoting associations between
meaningful occupation and healthy development,
positive health outcomes, and well-being; and
advocate for the provision of occupational
therapy services.
 - Exhibit and commit to refining client centered
practices including the therapeutic use of
occupation, interpersonal, communication, and
teaching-learning tactics that consider the
interests, values, and needs of diverse
individuals, caregivers, groups and populations.
6. Contribute to the delivery of high-quality,
cost-effective and integrated care as a team
member in health, education, and community
 - Maintain, organize, and prioritize workload to
meet the requirements of the practice setting.
 - Participate in ongoing quality improvement and
implement changes as needed to ensure quality
services are delivered and outcomes are measured.
7. Participate as an occupational therapy
professional in local, state, and national
 - Advocate for occupational therapy services
 - Comply with requirements for continued
competence through formal and/or continuing
education, and by actively seeking and
participating in regular supervision.
 - Uphold the ethical standards, values, and
attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.


General Education (OCC) - 35 credits as follows:

ENGL 151 English I
ENGL 152 English II
PSYC 172 General Psychology
*PSYC 278 Life Span Development
SOCI 181 Intro to Sociology
*BIOL 130 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
*BIOL 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
MATH 156 Intro to Statistics
PHIL 192 Contemporary Ethical Issues
Diversity (choose any GDIV course)
Technology (choose any GTEC course or test out of

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all
General Education courses.
*These courses must be completed within the last
5 years.

Career Studies (Rutgers in Scotch Plains) - 42
credits as follows:
OCTH 1010 Occupational Therapy Foundations for
the OTA
OCTH 1019 Level 1 Fieldwork A: Integration and
Practice Applications
OCTH 1020 Occupational Performance and
Participation: Skills and Client Factors
OCTH 1029 Level 1 Fieldwork B: Integration and
Practice Applications
OCTH 1031 Conditions Impacting Occupation,
Participation & Health I: Adult/Older Adult
OCTH 1032 Conditions Impacting Occupation,
Participation & Health II: Child/Adolescent
OCTH 1039 Level 1 Fieldwork C: Integration and
Practice Applications
OCTH 1040 Occupational Performance and
Participation: Therapeutic Applications
OCTH 1050 Principles and Practices I: Wellness
and Mental Health
OCTH 1052 Principles and Practices II:
Rehabilitation, Disability, Aging and
OCTH 1053 Principles and Practices III: Children
and Youth
OCTH 1071 Professional Seminar I
OCTH 2019 OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Adult/Older
OCTH 2029 OTA Practice: Fieldwork II,
OCTH 2072 Professional Seminar II
PSRT 1102 Communication Techniques
PSRT 1103 Group Dynamics

Credits required for degree: 74-77

Required Courses:

Additional Requirements:

  • Take one (1) Diversity course selected from the list of Approved General Education Diversity courses (course type: GDIV).
  • Course satisfying this requirement must be selected from the list of Approved Technological Competency/Information Literacy (GTEC) courses. This requirement can be met by passing the Computer Literacy Test, in which case no substitute course is required.