Occupational Therapy Assistant AS.OTA

An Associate in Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is offered in cooperation with the School of Health Related 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.

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 to Ocean County College for admission to this program which has limited and competitive enrollment. To qualify for consideration for admission, a student must be matriculated at OCC, 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 an essay, and have a personal interview with the OTA admissions committee at Rutgers.

INTERESTED STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE A STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET AND SUBMIT IT TO MARY FENNESSY, ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING. FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAILING mfennessy@ocean.edu.

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.
  • Diversity Studies (choose any GDIV course) 3 Technology Requirement (choose any GTEC course). This requirement can be met by passing the Computer Literacy Test, in which case no GTEC course is needed and the Gen Ed requirements are met with just 32 credits.
  • A grade of "C" or higher is required in all General Education courses.
  • * - These courses must be completed within the past five (5) years.

Career Studies (Rutgers) - 42 credits as follows:

(All Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are taken at Rutgers' Scotch Plains campus.)

  • OCTH 1010 Occupational Therapy Foundations for the OTA (3 cr)
  • OCTH 1019 Level I Fieldwork A: Integration and Practice Applications (1 cr)
  • OCTH 1020 Occupational Performance and Participation: Skills and Client Factors (3 cr)
  • OCTH 1029 Level I Fieldwork B: Integration and Practice Applications (1 cr)
  • OCTH 1031 Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation & Health I: Adult/Older Adult (2 cr)
  • OCTH 1032 Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation & Health II: Child/Adolescent (2 cr)
  • OCTH 1039 Level I Fieldwork C: Integration and Practice Applications (1 cr)
  • OCTH 1040 Occupational Performance and Participation: Therapeutic Applications (3 cr)
  • OCTH 1050 Principles and Practices I: Wellness and Mental Health (2 cr)
  • OCTH 1052 Principles and Practices II: Rehabilitation, Disability, Aging And Participation (3 cr)
  • OCTH 1053 Principles and Practices III: Children and Youth (2 cr)
  • OCTH 1071 Professional Seminar I (1 cr)
  • OCTH 2019 OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Adult/Older Adult (5 cr)
  • OCTH 2029 OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Child/Adolescent (5 cr)
  • OCTH 2072 Professional Seminar II (2 cr)
  • PSRT 1102 Communication Techniques (3 cr)
  • PSRT 1103 Group Dynamics (3 cr)

Credits required for degree: 74-77

For more information contact Mary Fennessy at mfennessy@ocean.edu or 732-255-0400 Ext. 2423.

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