Occupational Therapy Assistant


Ms. Jan Kress, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director
Ms. Tasha Champagne, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator


Trinity offers an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Associate of Applied Science degree. This degree educates students to work under the supervision and in cooperation with an occupational therapist (OT) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.

This major prepares you to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community based programs, schools, nursing homes, private practice and other emerging practice areas.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 26 credits of pre-requisite courses before applying to the OTA program. These can be taken at Trinity in either the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies, or credits can be transferred. Students then complete 44 credits of OTA-specific courses, which blend online and on-campus learning.

Prerequisite Courses (26 credits)
BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 107 College Composition
HPNU 110 Professional and Career Success in the Health Professions (SPS students) or CRS 101 Critical Reading Seminar (CAS students–Health Professionals designated section)
MATH 108 Finite Mathematics
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 231 Child Psychology
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology

OTA Courses (44 credits)
Semester 1
OTA 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
OTA 110 Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills Lab I
OTA 120 Movement in Everyday Activities
OTA 124 Pathology for the OT Practitioner
OTA 130 Analysis of Occupations Across the Lifespan

Semester 2
OTA 114 Occupations and Activities in Groups
OTA 104 Professional Issues in OT/ Critical Thinking I
OTA 134 Intervention and Tools in Mental Health
OTA 128 Rehabilitative/Universal/ Assistive Technologies
OTA 138 Intervention and Tools in Geriatrics

Semester 3
OTA 204 Professional Issues in OT/ Critical Thinking II
OTA 210 OT Skills Lab II
OTA 234 Intervention and Tools in Adult Rehabilitation
OTA 238 Intervention & Tools in Pediatrics
INT 109 Information Literacy (SPS students) or COM 110 Communication for Academic Success (CAS students)

Semester 4
OTA 291 Fieldwork I
OTA 292 Fieldwork II

Program Policies

Questions from non-Trinity students regarding the application process and acceptance criteria should be directed to the Admissions Office. Questions from a current Trinity student regarding the application process and acceptance criteria should be directed to the student’s undergraduate advisor in either the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies or to the Nursing Program Office (202.885.9670).

Students must meet four general requirements to graduate and receive an Associate of Applied Science degree with an Occupational Therapy Assistant major:

1. Successful completion of all program pre-requisite courses

2. Completion of the major program’s course of study (70 credits) including fieldwork experiences

3. All OTA designated courses completed at Trinity

4. Completion of all credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree

The requirements to graduate from Trinity with an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in health professional programs include the successful completion of the following:

  • A minimum of 70 credits.
  • For students matriculating in after Fall 2002, 45 of the final 60 credits, excluding credits for experiential learning, and all OTA designated credits must be completed at Trinity.
    • All specific course work required for a major program of study in the respective health care program.
    • Completion of all fieldwork requirements

Program Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E.) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. A.C.O.T.E.’s telephone number, c/o A.O.T.A., is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 (N.B.C.O.T.). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (C.O.T.A.). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the N.B.C.O.T. Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the N.B.C.O.T. certification examination or attain state licensure.