Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

About the Program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a full-time day program. Each year, the Program accepts 20-25 students.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Health Sciences

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence

 
 

The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

A Career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on helping people – The practice of occupational therapy involves the therapeutic use of everyday life activities - or “occupations” - with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, the occupational therapy assistant provides patient treatment, collects data for evaluations, develops goals for treatment, and documents treatment. Treatment interventions include, but is not limited to, therapeutic exercises, transfer training, activities of daily living re-training, handwriting intervention, sensory integration activities, re-training in independent activities of daily living, and neuromuscular facilitation techniques.

Where do Occupational Therapy Assistants work?

Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of settings which includes, but are not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, home health, work rehabilitation, psychiatric facilities, schools, and outpatient clinics.

Compliance Statement

A felony conviction may or may not affect a student’s ability to sit for the national board certification exam required to be Texas licensed as an OTA. Students may opt for an Early Determination Review by the National Board of OT Examiners. Information on this process is available at this link to NBCOT. Searching the terms “Early Determination” or navigating the website using the following path: Students; Services; Early Determination.

Accreditation Information

 

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Phone number 301-652-AOTA (2682)

www.acoteonline.org

Pass rates for the program can be found by here.

Job Outlook for OTA

 

The National Bureau of Labor Statistics has found the following:

  • Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 43 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average growth for other occupations.
  • Demand for occupational therapy is expected to rise significantly over the coming decade in response to the health needs of the aging baby-boom generation and a growing elderly population.
  • Occupational therapy is important with treating children and young adults with developmental disabilities like autism, genetic disorders, and complications from prematurity.
  • As of May 2015, in the state of Texas, the annual mean wage for occupational therapy assistants was $71,100 and the annual hourly rate is $34.18. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).
  • Percentile wage estimates for this occupation from lowest to highest percentile follows:
Percentile10%25%50% (Median)75%90%
Hourly Wage $18.48 $22.98 $27.82 $33.25 $37.54
Annual Wage $38,440 $47,800 $57,870 $69,170 $78,080

Information Sessions

 
  • Students must attend an Occupational Therapy Information Session prior to the application deadline.
  • Information session can be found on the following site: http://colemanconnection.org

Licensure/Certification and Graduate Statistics

 

2017 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2014 - 2015 Pass Rate (# Passed)2015 - 2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)2016 - 2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Results
Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS 80% 80% 100%(16) 100%(17) 100%(23) Exceeds Standards

 

 

Year

# Student Started

# Students Graduated

Retention Rate

2016 - 2018

22

22

100%

2015 - 2017

21

21

100%

2014 - 2016

19

18

94.7%

 

Here is the link to NBCOT

Program Mission and Philosophy

 

Mission:

The Mission Statement of the Occupational Therapy Assistant at Houston Community College’s Coleman College for Health Sciences is in accordance with the mission statement of the College. The mission of the Houston Community College system states:

Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.

The mission of the Houston Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is:

In accordance with this mission, the occupational therapy assistant program will graduate occupational therapy assistants who will (1) perform occupational therapy services under the supervision of an occupational therapist and (2) be competent entry-level practitioners that possess the skills necessary to work in this diverse society.  

In accordance with this mission, the occupational therapy assistant program will graduate occupational therapy assistants who will (1) perform occupational therapy services under the supervision of an occupational therapist and (2) be competent entry-level practitioners that possess the skills necessary to work in this diverse society.  

Philosophy:

Views on Humankind

The major tenets of occupational therapy follow and are conveyed within the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 3rd ed. (AOTA, 2014), The Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2017); and Philosophy of Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA, 2018):

  1. As individuals, we engage in occupations that are central in our lives on a daily basis.
  2. Occupations, are defined within the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (AOTA, 2018), as being “central to a client’s identity and sense of competence and have particular meaning and value to that client” (p. S5).
  3. The definition of a client is not singular and can include persons, groups or populations. This understanding guides intervention as intervention is provided to all who are defined as the client for the progress of said client.
  4. Occupation occurs in a variety of contexts, which can have an effect on occupational performance.
  5. When biological, psychological, or environmental factors affect full functioning of the client and the client is no longer able to engage in occupations that are deemed valuable, it must be understood that the client’s life will be negatively affected.
  6. It is the role of the occupational therapy professional to provide adaptations for the client following disruption to biological, psychological, and environmental systems in order to provide the opportunity for the client to participate in occupations that are of value to the client for a more meaningful life.
  7. Houston Community College’s occupational therapy education, is designed to inform students about the philosophical tenets of the profession ensuring that intervention follows a structure where the client’s ability to participate in his or her previous occupations guides intervention in order to ensure that the individual’s life has meaning.  Therefore, through education, students are provided with their professional identity and forge a consistent method of thinking that continues to progress the profession and ensures that the foundational philosophies endure.
  8. Education is multi-faceted and includes not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also the practical application of what is learned by the student in the classroom and the community.

The philosophy of the Houston Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is consistent with The Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2011) and the Philosophy of Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA, 2015).  The Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2011) sets some of the tenets of the occupational therapy profession, including the importance of occupation, the diverse contexts in which occupations occur and the importance of occupation in the overall health of our clients.  The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA, 2015) serves to provide the foundation of how we educate our students to best impart Occupational Therapy’s philosophies in their practice to produce an occupational therapy assistant that has an identity that is in line with the profession. Collectively, the Houston Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program works to ensure that instruction embodies the philosophy and current vision of the occupational therapy profession where the focus of instruction imparts the importance of occupation in intervention, the effect of contexts on occupational performance to modify intervention as necessary, and the need to ensure that clients engage in meaningful occupations to promote optimal health and engagement in the client’s environment.

Beliefs about Teaching and Learning

The program utilizes the tenets of occupational therapy to help shape the nature of instruction within the occupational therapy assistant program.  The program’s goal is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to provide occupational therapy intervention at a caliber that incorporates the philosophy of the profession.  Foundationally, the knowledge of the body systems and the effect of health and disease states are built, integrating an understanding of the body systems. Learning continues with types of intervention and the provision of occupation to address functional deficits that result from the disease state.  Instruction is not only focused on the individual, the focus is also on the dynamic system of the client and the understanding that occupation also serves as a health determinant.  In learning to provide evidence-based intervention, students learn essentials of clinical reasoning that is client centered, driven by theory, and focused on outcomes that best meet the needs of the client.  Lastly, the instructional process incorporates active learning, where students are empowered to provide knowledge to not only each other, but also the instructor. Within the Houston Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, instruction truly functions to assist students obtain their professional identity and in-turn maintains the philosophical base of the profession.

 

 

 
 

Tuition Costs

 
Estimated Cost  
Initial Costs  
Lab Coat $25.00
Scrubs $35.00
Stethoscopes $60.00
Shoes $65.00
Health Physical $85.00
Vaccines $150.00
Photo ID / Pre-check $70.00
Total $490.00

 

Prerequisites In District Out of District Out of State
HPRS 1201 140.80 284.80 379.80
ENGLS 1301 208.20 424.20 473.40
PSYC 2301 208.20 424.20 473.40
OTHA 1301 208.20 424.20 473.40
BIOL 2401 275.60 563.60 629.60
       
Total for prerequisites 1041.00 2121.00 2429.60
       
1st Year
1st Semester      
       
Required Courses In District Out of District Out of State
12 Credited Hours 816.00 1682.00 1878.50
Books 460.00 460.00 460.00
Parking 350.00 350.00 350.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Liabilities Ins 12.00 12.00 12.00
Total 1,662.00 2,526.00 2,724.50
       
2nd Semester      
       
11 Credit Hours 748.50 1540.50 1722.00
Books 250.00 250.00 250.00
Parking 350.00 350.00 350.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Liabilities Ins 12.00 12.00 12.00
Total 1339.50 2131.00 2313.00
       
3rd Semester      
       
Required Courses In District Out of District Out of State
6 Credit Hours 411.00 843.00 942.00
Books 160.00 160.00 160.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Liabiliy Ins 12.00 12.00 12.00
Total 607.00 1039.00 1138.00
       
TOTAL YEAR 1 3608.50 5696.00 6175.00
       
2nd Year
1st Semester      
       
Required Courses In District Out of District Out of State
9 Credit Hours 613.50 1261.50 1410.00
Books 320.00 320.00 320.00
Parking 350.00 350.00 350.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Liabilities Ins 12.00 12.00 12.00
Total 1319.50 1967.50 2116.00
       
2nd Semester      
7 Credit Hours 477.80 981.80 1097.30
Books 320.00 320.00 320.00
Parking 350.00 350.00 350.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Liabilities Ins 12.00 12.00 12.00
Clinical Sim Lab fees 12.00 12.00 12.00
Total 1195.80 1699.80 1815.30
       
TOTAL YEAR 2 2514.50 3667.30 3931.00
       
TOTAL PROGRAM COSTS 6122.50 9363.30 10106.00

Note:

  • All students must carry a person health insurance policy to attend clinical training which is an additional cost.
  • All fees and tuition costs are subject to change.
 
 

Employment

 
 
 
 
 

There are 280 Occupational Therapy Assistants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 25.7% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 28 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $31.60 hourly, $66,000 annually

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