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2016-17 College Catalog 
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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Information

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This program is designed to prepare highly competent Occupational Therapy Assistants for service delivery in school systems, mental health centers, community agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and private practice. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant carries out a treatment program to facilitate maximum life satisfaction and independent functioning for people of all ages. An Occupational Therapy Assistant can treat individuals with possible mental, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities.

Department of Therapeutic Services


Toledo-area Campus

Phone Number


Catherine Ford, Dean Heritage Hall 204E (567) 661-7206
Barbara A Seguine, Chair Occupational Therapy Heath Technologies 525 (567) 661-7415
Bradley Wood, Assistant Chair Physical Therapy Health Technologies 526 (567) 661-2984
Jami L Williamson, Exercise Science Program Facilitator Bicentennial Hall 170 (567) 661-2108


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited 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.  ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-2682 and its web address is

Program Performance Data

Program Performance Data can be found on the NBCOT®  National Certification Examination website at,

Student Learning Outcomes

The rapidly changing and dynamic nature of contemporary health and human services delivery systems requires the occupational therapy assistant to possess basic skills as a direct care provider, educator, and advocate for the profession and the consumer.

A graduate from an ACOTE-accredited associate degree level occupational therapy assistant program must

  • Have acquired an educational foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, including a focus on issues related to diversity.

  • Be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service.

  • Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education.

  • Be prepared to articulate and apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.

  • Be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situation in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.

  • Be able to apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.

  • Be prepared to be a lifelong learner and keep current with the best practice.

  • Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.

  • Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.

  • Be prepared to effectively communicate and work interprofessionally with those who provide care for individuals and/or populations in order to clarify each member’s responsibility in executing components of an intervention plan.

  • Be prepared to advocate as a professional for the occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services.

Graduate Information

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
The total number of graduates from the Owens Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 65, with an overall graduation rate of 81%.
Graduation year Students Entering/Graduation Graduation Rate
2014 27/23 85%
2015 23/21 91%
2016 30/21 70%
Total 80/65 81%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Selective Health Program Admission Process

Apply for Admission to Owens Community College.

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Request Evaluation for Admission to a Health Program.

Applicants must have a complete file in the Records Office by established deadline dates.   If you were previously evaluated and denied, and wish to be re-evaluated for the same program or any other health program, you must submit another Request for Health Evaluation.  To view file status, regularly check “My Required Documents” via Ozone.

- view FAQ’s for Selective Health Admission Process

- view Deadline Dates and Requirements for a Complete File

- Submit a Request for Health Program Evaluation by logging into your Ozone account.  Select the Academic Info tab and navigate to the Selective Health portal and select Request a Health Evaluation.

Official transcripts are required from the applicant’s high school, college or university attended.  If you have a GED, high school, or college transcript(s), please request an official copy be sent to:

Owens Community College

Attn:  Records Office

P.O. Box 10,000

Toledo, OH 43699-1947

If you have an official, sealed copy of a transcript to drop off, visit Oserve on the Toledo or Findlay campus during regular hours, found at, to submit.

Evaluation does not mean automatic admission to the program.  Results of the Health Evaluation will be sent to your Owens email account approximately 1-2 weeks after the evaluation deadline date.

For assistance with the selective health program admission process, requirements, procedures and final date for receipt of application contact the Pre-Health Advising Advisor.

Admission Requirements

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a selective admissions program. Program applicants must contact the Advising Office at (567) 661-2387 to request an appointment with a pre-health advisor to discuss selective admissions.

Program applicants must meet established minimum criteria to be considered for the program. Only applicants who meet the minimum criteria by the review deadline will be awarded points. The potential applicant needs to be aware that meeting minimum standards does not ensure admission to the program. 28 students are admitted to the program once each year for Fall Semester. Following acceptance into the program, students must meet health requirements (and in some instances background checks) prior to beginning classes. Students who do not qualify for admission can reapply in following years. Students may take Arts and Sciences courses as specified by the program committee. Upon successful completion of these courses, the students may apply for entrance into the program. Contact the Academic Advising Office for more information. 

Minimum Criteria to be considered for the program: 

Graduation from high school or successful completion of the G. E. D. (General Education Development) test is required.  High school students may apply, but acceptance into the program is contingent upon successful completion of high school and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prerequisites.

  1. The following criteria must be submitted and on file in the Records Office by review deadline:

    1. Application and admission to Owens Community College.
    2. Official high school transcript or GED.
    3. Official college transcripts (if applicable).
    4. High School Algebra and Chemistry with a “C” or better or college equivalent.  Other recommended subjects include:  Physics, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology and Physiology.
    5. American College Test (ACT) scores or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).  Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT should contact their high school counselors or the Owens Community College Academic Advising Office to obtain registration materials.
    6. Students requesting transfer credit for previous occupational therapy coursework must submit to the program director copies of transcripts and related syllabi for review. These materials are assessed to determine not only compliance with educational standards, but also to determine adequacy of preparation for the role of the occupational therapy assistant. In addition, the program requires observing students in lecture/lab capacity and competency checking prior to assigning Fieldwork placement.
  2. Following acceptance, but before being allowed to enroll in the program, the applicants must complete an orientation with the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Selection Criteria for High School Applicant

High school applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria and the percentage listed.  The student needs a minimum of 65 points to be considered. 

Total Grade Point Average 30%
English Composition Grades 30%
Math/Science Grade Point Average 30%
ACT/SAT Composite Score 10%


High School Grade Point Average (GED = 2.0 GPA, 10 points)

GPA Points GPA Points
4.0 30 2.9 19
3.9 29 2.8 18
3.8 28 2.7 17
3.7 27 2.6 16
3.6 26 2.5 15
3.5 25 2.4 14
3.4 24 2.3 13
3.3 23 2.2 12
3.2 22 2.1 11
3.1 21 2.0 10
3.0 20    


High School English Composition Grades 

All grades on High School Transcript for English courses added together using (A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0). 

English Composition Grades Points
16 30
15 28
14 26
13 24
12 22
11 20
10 18
9 16
8 14


High School Math/Science Grades

Courses include Algebra I (MTH 091  or MTH 096 ), Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry I (CHM 095  or CHM 105 ), Chemistry II, Biology, and Anatomy/Physiology.  Do not count Physical or Earth Science courses.  Grades less than 2.0 are not counted.

Grades Points Grades Points
24+ 30 11 22
22-23 29 10 21
20-21 28 9 20
18-19 27 8 19
16-17 26 7 18
14-15 25 6 17
13 24 5 16
12 23 4 15


ACT/SAT Composite Score

Composite Score Points
36 10
34-35 9
32-33 8
30-31 7
28-29 6
26-27 5
24-25 4
22-23 3
20-21 2
19 1
0-18 0

Selection Criteria for College Applicant

College applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria and the percentage listed.  The student needs a minimum of 65 points to be considered.  College applicants are defined per the chart titled Total Credit Hours.   College applicants must have successfully completed credit hours with a “C” or better in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program general education required courses.

Total Credit Hours 25%
Total Grade Point Average 25%
Math/Science Grades 25%
ACT/SAT Composite Score 25%


Total Credit Hours

College applicants that have 7 or less credit hours earned will be evaluated as a High School Applicant.

Credit Hours Points
29+ 25
26-28 24
21-25 23
17-20 22
12-16 21
9-11 20
8 (With 4 hrs. Science) 19


College Grade Point Average (GED = 2.0 GPA, 5 points)

The college grade point average for the program is computed on the grades earned in the general education courses completed in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at the time of the review.

GPA Points GPA Points
4.0 25 2.9 14
3.9 24 2.8 13
3.8 23 2.7 12
3.7 22 2.6 11
3.6 21 2.5 10
3.5 20 2.4 9
3.4 19 2.3 8
3.3 18 2.2 7
3.2 17 2.1 6
3.1 16 2.0 5
3.0 15    


Math/Science Grades

High School Chemistry (CHM 095  or CHM 105 ) and College Level BIO 211 , BIO 212  and MTH 170  or MTH 213 .

Math/Science GPA

Grades Points
16 25
15 24
14 23
13 22
12 21
11 20
10 19
9 18
8 17
7 16
6 15
5 14
4 13
3 12
2 11


ACT/SAT Composite Score

Composite Score Points
36 25
34-35 24
32-33 23
30-31 22
28-29 21
26-27 20
24-25 19
22-23 18
20-21 17
19 16
0-18 0

Progression/Completion Requirements 

All students entering or enrolled in program must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all required courses.  A student who receives a “D”  or lower in an Occupational Therapy Assistant course may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis.

Academic Readmission Policy

A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons must complete the following before being considered:

  1. The student must contact an Advisor who will assist the student in the development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.

    1. The following requirements must be included in the academic plan before readmission:
      1. Written notification to the Department Chair of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester.
      2. A 2.0 overall GPA.
      3. May be required to pass a lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired skills.

The plan then is submitted to the Department Chair and Dean for approval.  This plan must be completed and approved to continue enrollment in the College.  Students are readmitted on a space available basis.  No second readmission will be considered.

Non-Academic Readmission Policy

Students who leave the program for other than academic reasons may request readmission and be readmitted provided there is course seat availability. The Department Chair must be notified in writing of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester.

Health Requirements

Each student is required to have a physical examination, and specified immunizations at the student’s own expense each year.  The necessary forms will be provided to the student at orientation and are to be completed and signed by the examining physician prior to the start of Fall semester.  The health form is required to be updated yearly.  If the student fails to provide the necessary information by their yearly deadline, they will be suspended from all OTA classes.  Health information may be sent to the fieldwork sites along with a Personal Data Form.

Background Check Requirements

The OTA program does not require a background check for admission. However, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate House Bill 160, which requires certain employers to obtain criminal background checks on potential providers of direct patient care for older adults. The Governor signed this Bill and since has been interpreted by some health care facilities as applicable to students in training for patient care occupations. As a result, during training at Owens Community College students will be asked to complete consent forms and undergo criminal background checks including fingerprinting prior to beginning fieldwork experiences. There is a cost associated with this background check that is paid for by the student. Failure to sign a consent form or complete a background check will jeopardize the student’s placement for fieldwork training and may impact upon the student’s ability to complete graduation requirements.

The student also is advised that conviction of a felony may prohibit placement in a suitable training site. In addition, some licensing agencies restrict eligibility for licensure and/or licensure examinations based upon an individual’s criminal background.

For more information on background checks by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visit the following websites: 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I),

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 

Certification and State Licensure

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Background checks by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are required for licensure. The student assumes the cost of the background checks.   Final licensure eligibility based on an individual’s background is determined on a case by case basis during the licensure application process. For more information regarding background checks and licensure application and requirements visit the following websites: 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I),

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website,

Technical Standards

Students matriculating in and graduating from the Owens Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) must be capable of developing and providing client-centered services in an informed and safe manner under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist. As an incoming OTA student, it is recommended that you have the following minimum skills and abilities for successful progression in this program.

- View the Technical Standards Chart  

Clinical Experiences

Fieldwork education is integrated into each OTA course of the program. Students are required, as mandated by ACOTE standards, to complete a 16-week full-time fieldwork experience in the Spring semester 2nd year of the program. In addition to the full-time fieldwork, students are required to be on campus 4 hours per week in the evening for seminar. This fieldwork/seminar must be completed within 12 months following the completion of the Fall semester 2nd year of study. Transportation costs, background checks, immunizations, health insurance, uniforms, etc. are the responsibility of the student.

Employment Opportunities

Employment is expected to grow by about 43% between 2010 and 2020 as the demand for occupational therapy services rises.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Where do occupational therapy practitioners work?

Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of job settings. Public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, physician practices, and home health agencies are all job settings that may employ occupational therapy practitioners. With career advancement, occupational therapy practitioners may move into management, specialization, teaching, research, or private practice positions.

One of the greatest advantages of a career as an occupational therapy assistant is the wide variety of opportunities available to graduates. Many occupational therapy assistants choose to work in community-based settings. Some jobs a COTA can do include the following:

  • Activity Program Manager

  • Vision Intervention Specialist

  • Job Coach for Clients with Disabilities

  • Group Home Manager

  • Assistive Technology Consultant

  • Orthotics Fabrication Specialist

  • Inclusive Apparel Seamstress

  • Case Manager for Clients in Supportive Living

  • Wheelchair Vendor

  • Independent Living Skills Trainer

  • Director of Day Care for Special Needs Children

  • Office/Factory Ergonomics Consultant

  • Web Sight Designer for Consumers with Disabilities

  • Specialist in Lifestyle Redesign

  • Daily Living Skills Counselor for Eating Disorder Clients

  • Corporate Wellness Director

  • Community Integration Specialist

  • Inclusion Specialist for Recreation Programs

  • Home Modification Consultant

  • Rehab Equipment Salesperson

  • Teacher Aid for Special Needs Student

  • Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

What is the salary for occupational therapy assistants?

The median annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $54,520 in May 2015.

(Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

Does occupational therapy offer opportunities for individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds?

Yes, the occupational therapy profession is actively seeking to increase the number of practitioners representing culturally diverse backgrounds. Target populations include African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. Other underrepresented groups include people with disabilities and men.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus.  Oserve is the place to ask questions related to financial aid.  Contact: 1-800- GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378.

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation offers more than 90 scholarships. Please see the American Occupational Therapy Association web page for more information.

The following scholarships are available to current Occupational Therapy Assistant students:

Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Transfer Information

Graduates may pursue a master of occupational therapy degree at the University of Findlay or an entry-level doctorate at the University of Toledo.  Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.

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