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Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares students to work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide patient care in a variety of clinical environments. The mission of the OTA Program at BPCC is to provide students with the academic instruction and support services necessary to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and graduate well-qualified occupational therapy assistants committed to serving the needs of the regional occupational therapy community. The OTA Program supports OT services that promote the therapeutic use of occupation and activity during the OT process to increase a person's health, wellness and personal satisfaction.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. apply foundational knowledge of human psychological, anatomical and physiological principles of occupations, normal movement and development in the assessments and treatments of patients across the lifespan;
  2. think critically to interpret patient responses and assessment data in order to modify and progress interventions as indicated by the occupational therapist's plan of care and patient's diagnosis to facilitate individualized functional patient outcomes across the lifespan;
  3. function competently and safely in a variety of patient care settings using psychomotor skills, emerging techniques, technology, equipment and supplies;
  4. utilize verbal and non-verbal communication strategies that are sensitive to diversity while interacting with patients, caregivers, coworkers and other medical professionals, including the ability to develop rapport, collaborate, inform, inquire, redirect and teach;
  5. identify and report relevant changes in patients' status including preparation of timely, accurate, logically sequenced written documentation;
  6. gather information through research of medical publications, patient records, continuing education and self-directed readings to enhance knowledge and skills for lifelong learning; and
  7. demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in accordance with the code of ethics, core values and standards of practice in the AOTA guidelines.


The occupational therapy assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College 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-AOTA and its Web address is open new browser window or tabGraduates 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) and will be eligible to apply for a license to practice as an OTA in the state of Louisiana ( open new browser window or tabNote that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Therefore, it is the responsibility of a student with a felony conviction to contact the state licensing board and NBCOT prior to the application process to the program to determine eligibility status.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
1-800-SAY-AOTA Ext. 2911 or 301-652-AOTA (2682)
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National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, INC. (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Fax 301-869-8492
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Specific Requirements for Program Progression and Completion:

Once selected to the OTA program, students will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section).

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) curriculum is sequenced in two phases. The first phase consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of general education curriculum (Qualification Courses) that must be successfully completed before a student is eligible to apply for the OTA Program. Admission to the OTA Program is selective and competitive. Completion of the qualification courses does not guarantee admission to the OTA Program. The second phase consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory activities, Level I fieldwork experiences, and 12 credit hours of Level II fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork experiences related to occupational therapy are completed under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner in patient care. The Level II fieldwork rotations (12 credit hours) must be completed within 16 months of completion of didactic coursework.

In order to complete the Associate of Applied Science in OTA, program students must pass all program classes with a “C” or better while also maintaining a 2.50** per semester GPA (**not applicable during first program semester). If a program student performs unsatisfactorily, the remediation process stated in the OTA Student Handbook will begin.

Students have the right to appeal any grade or disciplinary action. The process of appeal is described in BPCC Student Handbook, available online at

Application Process/Policy for Admission into the OTA Program:

The Occupational Therapy Program at Bossier Parish Community College does not accept transfer credit for any course in the curriculum having an OCTA prefix, nor does the program award credit for these courses based on experiential/work experiences.

Only applications from students who are currently enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College and have met all admission requirements will be considered. Objectives, assessment measures, and means of evaluating students for admittance to BPCC based on the Ability to Benefit test are published in the BPCC General Catalog.

The selection process for the OTA program begins each spring. Application packets and detailed instructions on completing and submitting the packet are available on the BPCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program website. Students are selected in May and should be available to begin class in late June (summer session C). Students must meet program specific criteria in the areas outlined below to be eligible for an interview.

  • Cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher and 2.50 or higher in all pre-program (qualification) courses. Students must earn a “C” or better in all qualification courses.
  • It is strongly advised that all qualification courses be completed by the end of the spring semester in the application year. With prior approval from an academic advisor, up to 3 credit hours may be completed in the first summer session, if available. MATH 101 or MATH 102; BLGY 230, BLGY 230-Lab, and BLGY 231 may not be taken in summer session (session B) and must be completed by the end of the spring semester of application year.
  • Program application packet must be received by April 15 to be considered. Partial/incomplete packets will not be considered.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 20 observation hours in two different settings with two different licensed occupational therapy practitioners. Applicants must submit a written summary of observation experiences with application packet.

Interview Process/Policy:

The top 50 applicants who have submitted a complete application packet will be scheduled for an interview with the program Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of their selection status.

A maximum of twenty (20) students per year are accepted into the OTA Program. Selection is based on scores on Employee/Academic Reference letters, observation narratives, Clinical Observation Rating forms (required components of the application packet), grade point average, essay, and interview scores. Specific criteria for selection are included on the OTA website.

Special Requirements and Considerations:

Students who are selected for the OTA Program must be available for daytime, evening, and occasional weekend classes. In addition, based upon fieldwork site availability, OTA students may be required to complete one or more fieldwork rotations (8 weeks in duration) at an out-of-town facility. These rotations must be completed within 16 months of completion of didactic coursework.

Students selected for program classes must submit all required information for allied health programs and pay a clinical fee, in addition to regular tuition each semester with a fieldwork component.

Required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

Qualification Courses: Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher prior to enrolling in Program Courses 
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 201:  Introduction to Psychology  3
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
MATH 102: College Algebra or  3
MATH 101: Algebra for College Students   
BLGY 230  Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BLGY 230L  Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  1
  Humanities elective  3
BLGY 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
PSYC 220:  Developmental Psychology  3
ALHT 109:  Healthcare Systems and Safety  2
Program Courses
First Semester (sumner semester) Hours
OCTA 200 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 2
OCTA 201 Functional Anatomy for OTA 2
Second Semester (fall semester) Hours
OCTA 203 Physical Challeges to Occupation  3
OCTA 204 Mental Challenges to Occupation  3
OCTA 205 Developmental Challenges to Occupation  3
OCTA 206 Therapeutic Interventions I 2
OCTA 208 Clinical Documentation I 2
Third Semester (spring semester) Hours
OCTA 210 OTA Seminar 2
OCTA 212 OT Strategies and Interventions for the Elderly 2
OCTA 213 OT Strategies &Intereventions to Physical Challenges 3
OCTA 215 OT Strategies and Interventions to Pediatrics 3
OCTA 216 Therapeutic Interventions II 1
OCTA 217 Fieldwork I-B with Documentation  1
OCTA 218 Clinical Documentation II 1
Final Semester Hours
OCTA 220 Fieldwork Level II-A  6
OCTA 221 Feildwork Level II-B  6
Total Credit Hours 72
*For transfer to a four year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriated mathematics course.

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Louisiana State University-Shreveport to satisfy requirements for a four year degree.

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