Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA-B)

Trinity’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA-B) degree prepares students 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.

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program (OTA-B) is in pre-accreditation status and is scheduled for an on-site Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) review in Spring 2023.   Once the on-site evaluation is complete, and the program is granted Accreditation Status, graduates 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Faculty

Rashida Daye-Campbell, OTD, OT/L Program Director

Richard Osborne, MS, OTR/L Academic FW Coordinator

About the OTA Bachelor’s Degree Program

Special features of the OTA program include:

  • Complete in 2 years, after pre-requisites and includes 2 full-time rotations of 8-week fieldwork level II requirements (40 hours a week)
  • 58 core OTA-B program credits
  • 1 to 15 student: faculty ratio for laboratory learning
  • Laboratory activities are supervised by experienced clinicians
  • Classrooms and Labs are equipped with multimedia to facilitate learning
  • Fieldwork Level I experiences in pediatrics, mental/behavioral health, and physical rehabilitation

OTA Pre-requisites

OTA admission requirements include the successful completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better.  Applicants MUST have an overall gpa of 2.75 and at least a 2.5 gpa in the sciences and math.  Trinity pre-requisites (25 credits) include:

  • BIOL 121 – Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 122 – Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ENGL 107 – College Composition
  • PSYC 101 – Intro to Psychology
  • SOCY 100 – Intro to Sociology
  • HPNU 120 – Medical Terminology
  • MATH 110 – Statistics
  • PSYC 243 – Lifespan Development
  • SNHP 224 – Global Health

Program Policies

Required Documentation:  Prior to enrolling in any OTA fieldwork course, students are required to present documentation of the following:

  • Current immunization or titers for: DPT; MMR; Hepatitis B (3 doses); Tetanus; Influenza (annual); TB (annual).
  • National criminal background check
  • Current major medical health insurance

As part of professional behavior and professionalism on Fieldwork I and II as well as community learning experiences, students in the OTA program should expect to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and fees.

 

2022-23 Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Additional Expenses
Uniform  – OT Polo Shirt $21
Local Travel and Transportation Variable based on car or public transportation
Books ~$1000
Annual Health Insurance: https://discover.trinitydc.edu/health/health-fee-and-health-insurance-information/ Please see website for specific fee structure
EXXAT and Universal Screening: General Clinical Requirements $110