2014-2015 Catalog 
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2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Donna Whitehouse, MHA, OTR/L 615-353-3708, Office: D-27, E-mail: donna.whitehouse@nscc.edu, Program Site

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares students for a career in Occupational Therapy. The program includes academic and fieldwork training over a two-year course of study. This program trains students to work with persons of varied ages, cultures, and abilities to enable participation in life activities.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Work under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist to implement intervention plans for persons of varied ages, cultures and abilities, enabling participation in life activities;
  • Interact with health care providers and OT clients in a professional and meaningful manner; and
  • Be eligible for certification through the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy.

Applications for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program are accepted in the spring semester for the program beginning the next fall.

Students are encouraged to complete all General Education courses prior to beginning the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Admission Requirements:

Currently, students are accepted into the program Fall semester of each year.

Students accepted into the OTA Program must complete all Learning Support competencies for math, reading, and writing before they begin the program, even though a college level math course is not required for the program.

Students who have completed the Michigan test must complete all recommended ESOL courses before applying to the program.

Students accepted into the OTA Program must complete BIOL 2010 - Anatomy and Physiology I*  before the student expects to begin the program. BIOL 2010 - Anatomy and Physiology I*  must have been completed within the five years before a student expects to begin the program.

Note: Students accepted to the OTA Program will be required to provide a copy of a criminal background check. NSCC does not use the background check as criteria for admission to the program. Background checks are required by some clinical sites as a condition of participation. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical experiences to successfully complete the program. If a student has questions regarding the criminal background check, please call 615-353-3708.

Course Requirements


Accredited by: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-2682, Fax: 301-652-7711, TDD: 800-377-8555
www.acoteonline.org, E-mail: accred@aota.org

Level II Fieldwork may be in a location outside of Middle Tennessee area, requiring the student to relocate for one (8 weeks) or both (16 weeks) fieldwork experiences.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate the appropriate skill levels before enrolling in college-level courses. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determines whether a student needs to enroll in Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or math. After completing the required Learning Support course(s), a student may enroll in college-level courses.


* This course is part of the general education core.


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