Occupational Therapy Major

The Associate of Applied Science Degree

Contact Information
Dr. Julie Bezold
(731) 424-3520 ext. 50755

Program and Career Description

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) enjoy a satisfying, challenging and rewarding career in helping patients of all ages develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.  Upon Completion of the Associate of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant Major, the OTA will work in partnership with and under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in a variety of settings.  This program includes academic and fieldwork training over a two-year course of study.

Applications for the OTA program are accepted in the spring semester for the program beginning the next fall.

Estimated Salary Range
Career Entry Level Mean Median Experienced
Occupational Therapy Assistant $43,245.00 $56,910.00 $57,393.00 $63,742.00

Data provided by Jobs4TN. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Admission Requirements

Students are accepted into the program Fall semester of each year.

The OTA program has specific admission requirements. To be considered for admission you must:

  • Obtain regular admission status to the college.
  •  Submit all official high school/college transcripts to the Admissions Office.
  • Complete all required learning support classes (if applicable) prior to applying to the program.
  • Possess a high school and/or college overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Submit official ACT results if you have not earned credit in college level courses
  •  Students accepted into the OTA program must complete Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of “C” or better no later than the summer before the student expects to begin the program.  BIOL 2010 -Anatomy and Physiology I must have been completed within the five years before a student expects to begin the program.
  • Students are encouraged to complete all General Education courses prior to beginning the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
  • 8 observation hours required in an occupational therapy department

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

ENGL 1010 English composition I 3 Credits
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech or 
SPCH 1112 Speech 
3 Credits
BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credits
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3 Credits
Humanities Elective  3 Credits 
OTA 1110 – Occupational Human Development 3 Credits 
OTA 1120 – Exploring Occupation 3 Credits 
OTA 1130 – Foundations of OT  2 Credits
OTA 1140 – OT Doc with Fieldwork A 2 Credits
OTA 1150 – Med Term for OT 1 Credit 
OTA 1210 – Group Process and Dynamics 3 Credits
OTA 1220 – Challenges to Mental Health 3 Credits
OTA 1230 – Challenges to Physical Health 3 Credits
OTA 1240 –Human Movement for Occupation 3 Credits
OTA 1250 – Asst Tech and Env adaptation  3 Credits
OTA 1260 – OT Doc with Fieldwork B  2 Credits 
OTA 2110 – OT Interv and Treat/Pediatric 2 Credits
OTA 2120 – OT Interv and Treat/Mental Health 3 Credits
OTA 2130- OT Interv and Treat/Adult 3 Credits
OTA 2140 – OT Interv and Treat/Geriatric 3 Credits
OTA 2150 – Management Skills for the OTA 2 Credits
OTA 2160 – Fieldwork C 1 Credit
OTA 2210 – Level II A 6 Credits
OTA 2220 – Level II B  6 Credits
Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 70 Credits

The Associate of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.

Occupational Therapy Assistant students have a maximum of 12 months to complete the Fieldwork Level II (internship) portion of their OTA education. This 12 month period begins when a student is eligible to participate in Level II fieldwork. If a student postpones their Level II fieldwork rotation, they must provide proof of hardship, physician statement, and/or any other evidence deemed necessary. A plan outlining  the student to schedule or complete their Level II fieldwork experience must be approved by the OTA faculty.

Note: Students accepted to the OTA program will be required to provide a copy of a criminal background check prior to starting their first level I Fieldwork in the fall of the first year of the program.  JSCC does not use the background check as criteria for admission to the program. Background checks are required by some clinical sites as a condition of participation. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical experiences to successfully complete the program. If a student has questions regarding the criminal background check, please call (731) 425-2612.

Sample Schedule

Fall, First Semester
Number Course Name Credits
OTA 1110 Occupational Human Development 3
OTA 1120 Exploring Occupation 3
OTA 1130 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 1140  OT Doc with FW A 2
PSYC 1030  General Psychology 3
ENGL 1010  English Composition I 3
OTA 1150 Med Term for OTA 1
  Total Credits 17
Spring, Second Semester
Number Course Name Credits
OTA 1210 Group Processes and Dynamics 3
OTA 1220 Challenges to Mental Health 3
OTA 1230 Challenges to Physical Health 3
OTA 1240 Human Movement for Occupation 3
OTA 1250 Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation 3
OTA 1260 OT Doc with FW B 2
  Total Credits 17
Summer, Third Semester
Number Course Name Credits
OTA 2110 Interv and Treat: Pediatric 2
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
  Humanities 3
  Total Credits 8
Fall, Fourth Semester
Number Course Name Credits
OTA 2120  OT Mental Health Int. and Tx. Adult 3
OTA 2130  OT Int and Tx for the Physically Challenged Adult 3
OTA 2140  OT Interv and Treat / Geriatric 3
OTA 2150  Management Skills for the OTA 2
OTA 2160  Fieldwork C 1
  Total Credits 12
Spring, Fifth Semester
Number Course Name Credits
OTA 2210  Fieldwork Level II A 6
OTA 2220  Fieldwork Level II B 6
  Total Credits 12

Students are required to complete BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) no later than the summer before beginning the OTA Program.

Any of the non-OTA courses may be taken prior to applying to the program. This does not, however, alter the above OTA specific course schedule once the student is accepted into the program.