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Parker University’s Associate of Applied Science with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS-OTA) program prepares students to help patients develop, recover, and improve their daily living skills through therapeutic care and customized training.

Occupational therapy services include such tasks as recommending appropriate training and care, ensuring environments are conducive to healing, and helping a variety of clients live their best lives as part of a trusted therapy team.

Parker’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program consists of:
  • A curriculum that allows students to master one course each month
  • Preparation for relevant certification and licensure examinations
  • A total of 73 credit hours
    • 24 credit hours of prerequisite courses
    • 49 credit hours of major core courses

Completion of general education courses does not guarantee acceptance in to the Occupational Therapy Assistant’s program.  Contact the OTA program director for details.

Parker’s AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares its graduates to:
  • Customize treatment programs to improve a client’s ability to perform daily activities;
  • Provide thorough home and job site evaluations with adaptation-based recommendations;
  • Perform skill assessments and treatment plans based on client ages, abilities, and goals;
  • Offer guidance and communication to family members, caregivers, and other health care professionals;
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training.

Admission Requirements

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program considers for admission those applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional potential essential for successful completion of the program. Completion of general education courses does not guarantee admittance, the OTA program Admissions Committee reviews all completed application packets. Admission into this program is competitive, therefore all requirements must be met. Interested individuals are advised to complete their application as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.

Application Due Date Professional Phase Semester
March 1 Summer – May
July1 Fall – September

Occupational Therapy Assistant Major Application


Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE COURSES 23 Semester Credit Hours
PROGRAM PREREQUISITE COURSES 1 Semester Credit Hours
OTA CORE COURSES 49 Semester Credit Hours
TOTAL 73 Semester Credit Hours

Year 1 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

ENGL 1301 English Composition

3

ENGL 2326 ENGL 2326   American Literature
or
(Students choice of Humanities/Fine Arts)

3

SPCH 1311 Speech Communications

3

MATH 1314 College Algebra

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12


Year 1 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1211 Occupational Performance throughout the Lifespan

2

OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II

3

OTHA 1161 Clinical in OTA II – Mental Health Level I Fieldwork

1

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12


Year 2 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

OTHA 1353 Occupational Performance for Elders

3

OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

3

OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I

3

OTHA 1160 Clinical in OTA I – Pediatric Level I Fieldwork

1

OTHA 2235 Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy

2

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12

Year 1 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

3

HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology

1

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12


Year 2 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood

3

OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy

3

OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I

3

OTHA 1162 Clinical in OTA III – Adult Level I Fieldwork

1

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

13


Year 2 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

OTHA 2560 Clinical in Occupational Therapy Assistant-Level II Fieldwork A – 8 Weeks

5

OTHA 2230 Workplace Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant

2

OTHA 2561 Clinical in Occupational Therapy Assistant-Level II Fieldwork B – 8 Weeks

5

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12

Where Do Occupational Therapy Assistants Work?

Occupational therapy assistants often have a collection of workspaces, from client homes and hospitals to schools and businesses across the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, America will see a 41% job growth of occupational therapy assistants between 2012 and 2022 – that’s a projection of more than 38 thousand new jobs. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is especially relevant in Texas, as the health care industry is responsible for more than 15% of the state’s annual employment growth.

Career outlets for Parker University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates include:
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Senior care centers and
  • residential care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Home health care services
  • Psychiatric and mental health centers
  • Community health programs
Why Parker’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program?
  • Hands-on clinic experience
  • A focused curriculum that allows for students to master one new course each month
  • A flexible schedule that allows students to manage other personal and professional commitments
  • No-Hassle Transcript Review for a quick and easy application process
What is the Career Outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants?
  • A 10-year growth of 41%
  • More than 38,000 relevant jobs to be filled between 2012-2022
  • A median salary of $48,940

Learn more about occupational therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a wealth of resources on occupational therapy including areas of practice within therapy, ethics guidelines, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ entry on occupational therapy assistants and aides.

Additionally, Parker University representatives are happy to answer any questions regarding Parker’s Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Call 800.637.8337 to speak to a Parker representative.

Accreditation Status of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) at Parker University has been granted Full Accreditation Status 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. The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA (2682), and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The OTA Program must be accredited by ACOTE in order for graduates to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT exam for professional certification and/or attain state licensure.

Problems not resolved by internal mechanisms of Parker University may be expressed to the above entities.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Pass Rates:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Graduation Rates:

The total number of graduates from the Parker University Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 14 11 78%
2017 36 TBD TBD
2018 TBD TBD TBD
TOTAL 14 (2016) 11(2016) 78% (2016)
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