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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTHA)


The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum (OTHA) is a two-year integrated program taught over five semesters. The student is provided with the opportunity to master the theories and principles of treatment which permit him/her to work with patients to relieve impairments, overcome disability, and restore movement, skills, and function. Classes include lecture and laboratory sessions to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant. The Occupational Therapy Assistant is a health care professional working directly under the supervision of a Licensed Occupational Therapist. Activities may include training in basic tasks of bathing, dressing, and cooking, or may be as complex as the use of computer assisted communication, driver rehab, animal assisted therapy, or work simulator devices. Graduates from Laredo Community College are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy.

Accreditation and Licensure

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 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 (2682). The website for ACOTE is

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 (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Contact can be made at for questions regarding eligibility for licensure or for certification questions.

Clinical Education

The student is assigned to hospitals or other health care facilities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of assigned facility staff. Three part-time and two full-time clinical experiences are scheduled at appropriate times within the curriculum. The student must master technical standards that represent the essential non-academic requirements of a successful Occupational Therapy Assistant. The clinical experiences may include assignments at facilities in Laredo or in surrounding geographical areas. Applicants should be aware that they will be required to work with clientele who may speak only Spanish; thus, the ability to speak the Spanish language is a definite asset.

Application/Admission Process

1. Follow the application process for the Health Sciences Programs. Please contact the Health Sciences Department at the Ruben M. Garcia Allied Health Building, room 109 or at 956-721-5261 for the application deadline.

2. In addition, to the Health Sciences Programs Application, the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program requires written, notarized evidence of 40 hours or more of completed volunteer work. The volunteer hours must be completed within the following guidelines:

  • Site Visit will be no less than a total of 40 hours of observation at one clinic.
  • Student may elect to divide their observation into two clinics with a total of 20 hours completed at each clinic.
  • The student is responsible to have the OTA applicant recommendation form(s) completed by the clinician(s) at the end of the observation period. The form(s) must be sealed and signed across the seal by the clinician(s) and mailed or hand delivered to the OTA Program.
  • Documents are due on the third Thursday of August.

**Application deadline will be due on the 4th Thursday in August.**

  • Observation hours must be completed within a year prior to submission of application.
  • One year of work experience in the area of occupational therapy on facility letterhead may be substituted in lieu of the volunteer hours. Your immediate OT/OTA supervisor must fill out the required recommendation form located in the Clinical Site Visit/Observation Packet.

3. OTHA applicant must have completed pre-requisites BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101, PSYC 2314, ENGL 1301, and OTHA 1305.

4. Admission into the OTA Program is based on achieving a minimum of 60%. Candidates will be ranked based on total percentage points awarded from 100% to 60% on the following criteria:

(a) Degree-Specific grade point average GPA (45%): Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum grade of "C" or better in required academic and degree-specific pre-requisite courses. Student must follow OTA program curriculum plan valid for the cohort entrance year.

(b) Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) (25%). Students will be ranked according to scores arranged from highest to lowest. Additional information regarding this test can be found at http:/

(c) Panel Interview (15%)

(d) Narrative Essay (10%)

(e) Recommendation Forms (5%): The scores of the OTA Applicant Recommendation Form(s) and the Health Sciences Department Recommendation Form will be averaged.

5. The top finalists who meet the required GPA, pre-entrance exam scores, and the OTA Applicant Recommendation Form will be considered for the panel interview. The top 18 finalists who score the highest on the four admission criteria (GPA, Pre-Entrance Exam, Panel Interview, Evaluation Forms) will be accepted for the spring semester.

6. The applicant who is selected will be notified by the email address provided on the application regarding the program admission status. The applicant who is not selected for admission into the program may re-apply the next application period and complete all admission requirements described in the Admission Process. The applicant who is accepted for admission into the OTA program, but who does not enroll, forfeits his/her space and will need to re-apply for admission. Applicants desiring to re-apply


submit a letter of intent and must update their application.

7. Students will be ranked based on the highest percentage points awarded, and a maximum of 18 students will be accepted. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admissions requirements may not be admitted to the program.


A student accepted into the OTA program must submit the following prior to the first day of class (the student is responsible for all fees associated with these procedures):

  1. A completed Health Sciences Department Immunization Verification form that includes:

    (a) Proof of immunizations (Hepatitis A (recommended), Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Bacterial Meningitis)

    (b) TB skin test or chest x-ray (every 2 years)

    (c) Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) shot (every 10 years)

  2. American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider CPR certification
  4. A negative 10-Panel urine drug screen
  5. A completed Health Sciences Department Physical Examination Form
  6. Influenza vaccine (annually)

Computer Requirements for Distance Education Courses

A high-speed Internet connection is suggested for best results with your Canvas LMS online coursework. The Internet browser is an important factor in making sure that your online course works adequately during the semester. Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release; however, we highly recommend that you update your browser's flash plug-ins and to update often your computer's browser to the latest version. To avoid technical issues, we would like to recommend that you use either Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. The following links will help you determine if you have the appropriate Canvas browser (, http://www.) or computer requirements.

Progression in the OTA Program

Complete all pre-requisite and degree plan courses with a grade of "C" or better. Additional program specific requirements may apply. Refer to the OTA Student Handbook.


A student considering withdrawal from an OTA Program course should refer to the OTA Student Handbook and make an appointment with the instructor and Program Director.


The OTA Program follows the LCC attendance policy for academic/didactic courses. All clinical education courses require attendance in order to be in compliance with accrediting agencies. Please refer to the attendance policy in the OTA Student Handbook.


The student should refer to the dismissal policies listed in the OTA Student Handbook.

For further information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program contact the Program Director, Jodie Valls at 721-5261 or by email at The Health Sciences Department is located in the Ruben M. Garcia Allied Health Building, room 109.

Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate of Applied Science


Credit Hours

BIOL 2301

Anatomy and Physiology I Lec


BIOL 2101

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


PSYC 2314

Life Span Growth and Development


ENGL 1301

Composition I


OTHA 1305

Principles of Occupational Therapy





First Year

Spring I

Credit Hours

OTHA 1341

Occupational Performance from Birth Through Adolescence


OTHA 1315

Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I


OTHA 1309

Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy


OTHA 1161

Clinical OTA-Pediatric


BIOL 2302

Anatomy & Physiology II Lec


BIOL 2102

Anatomy & Physiology II Lab





Fall I

Credit Hours

OTHA 1349

Occupational Performance in Adulthood


OTHA 1419

Therapeutic Interventions I


OTHA 1162

Clinical OTA-Adults


SOCI 1301

Introductory Sociology





Second Year

Spring II

Credit Hours

OTHA 1353

Occupational Performance for Elders


OTHA 1391

Special Topics in OTA


OTHA 1163

Clinical OTA - Psychosocial



Fine Arts/Humanities





SSI Special Calendar

Credit Hours

OTHA 2462

Clinical Rotation II





Fall II

Credit Hours

OTHA 2463

Clinical Rotation III


OTHA 2430

Workplace Skills for the OTA1,2





Total Minimum Hours


Note: In order for the OTA Student to remain in the OTA Program, a grade of C or better is required in all OTA courses.

1 Capstone Experiences: OTHA 2430 is taught in the last semester. The learning experience in this course results in a consolidation of a student’s educational experience. The student must pass their comprehensive final examination with a minimum of 75% in order to pass the course and graduate.

2 The student will be required to complete a comprehensive examination with a satisfactory score prior to completion of this class.

*Must be selected from the Humanities/Fine Arts courses identified by Laredo Community College as satisfying THECB/SACS requirements.

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