Nov 20, 2017
The Associate of Science Degree Program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) prepares students to work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists (OTs) in healthcare, education, and community settings. OTAs help to develop, restore, or enhance the occupational performance of persons who are challenged by disability, trauma, and/or the aging process.
OTA graduates must pass the National Certification Exam for the Occupational Therapy Assistant to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and become eligible for licensure in many states including New Jersey.
Applications to UMDNJ are made during the spring semester. Students who have completed the required 35 pre-professional credits at RVCC with a grade of B or better in each course or average GPA of 3.0 or greater may apply directly to UMDNJ. Students who have completed at least 16 of the 35 required pre-professional credits including at least 4 credits of Anatomy and Physiology, 3 credits of Psychology, and 3 credits of English Composition with a grade of B or better in each course or average G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater, may apply to UMDNJ for a “Conditional Acceptance” when the student can demonstrate that the remaining credits will be completed by the close of the summer semester.
See RVCC Coordinator of Allied Health for additional admission requirements:
- letter of recommendation from Coordinator of Allied Health at RVCC
- 40 hours of volunteer experience with an OT or OTA in two different settings (20 hours each setting, for example, 20 hours in a specialty school for children, 20 hours in a rehabilitation hospital for adults) and a letter of recommendation from one of the OT/OTAs
- community service demonstrating commitment to working with people and a letter documenting such service
- essay describing career choice reflecting on OT/OTA observations and community services
- a criminal background check will be done at UMDNJ once the student is admitted
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of an accredited OTA program are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Once nationally certified, the graduate can obtain licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New Jersey and many other states. Information about licensure requirements of a specific state may be obtained by consulting the occupational therapy licensure board in that state. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Requirements for admission to Occupational Therapy Assistant Program portion of the program
*A minimum of 20 General Education credits must be completed at Raritan Valley Community College.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at UMDNJ
First Semester - Fall
- OCTH 1010 Occupational Therapy Foundations for the OTA 3 Credits
- PRST 1102 Communication Techniques 3 Credits
- OCTH 1020 Occupational Performance and Participation: Skills and Client Factors 3 Credits
- OCTH 1031 Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation and Health -1 Adult/Older Adult 2 Credits
- OCTH 1019 Level I Fieldwork A: Integration and Practice Applications 1 Credit
Second Semester - Spring
- PRST 1103 Group Dynamics 3 Credits
- OCTH 1040 Recovery and Wellness 2 Credits
- OCTH 1050 Occupational Performance and Participation Therapeutic Applications 3 Credits
- OCTH 1061 Principles & Practices -1 Adult/Older Adult 3 Credits
- OCTH 1029 Level I Fieldwork B: Integration and Practice Applications 1 Credit
Third Semester - Summer
- OCTH 1032 Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation and Health -2 Child/Adolescent 2 Credits
- OCTH 1629 Principles & Practices -2 Child/Adolescent 2 Credits
- OCTH 1071 Professional Seminar 1 1 Credit
- OCTH 1039 Level I Fieldwork C: Integration and Practice Applications 1 Credit
Fourth Semester - Fall
- OCTH 2019 OTA Practice-Fieldwork II Adult/Older Adult 8 weeks 5 Credits
- OCTH 2029 OTA Practice-Fieldwork II Child/Adolescent 8 weeks 5 Credits
- OCTH 2082 Professional Seminar 2 Credits
Total Credits for A.S. Degree 77