• Occupational Therapy Assistant


    Why UC

    Employment for OTAs is expected to grow 40 percent through 2024 (much faster than the average for all occupations).

    UC students gain a strong foundation in the marketable skills and knowledge needed for their field.

    A supportive learning environment that encourages and motivates students.


    Accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Currently Accredited through 2021.

    The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
    4720 Montgomery Ln. Suite 200
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
    1-800-SAY-AOTA (for members) 
    1-301-652-6611 (for non-members)

    National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
    12 South Summit Ave
    Suite 100
    Gaithersburg MD. 20877
    Certification Exam Results


    About Occupational Therapy Assistant

    Occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate to be able to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). OTA students learn a range of occupational therapy interventions, include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Skeleton

    What You'll Learn

    Our program consists of both classroom instruction and clinical experience. It is divided into preclinical studies, clinical year and level II fieldwork. Courses include biology, psychology, communications, medical terminology, clinical kinesiology, physical performance and more. Students participate in outside the classroom work as well, providing a foundation of experience.


    Admission Requirements

    Students must first gain general admission to the University of Charleston prior to acceptance into the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

    Download the course catalog for complete details.

    Download the Occupational Therapy Assistant Application.

    Felony Conviction Statement

    Download the University of Charleston-Beckley Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Felony Conviction Statement.

    Explanation of questions concerning history of conviction of crime other than a minor traffic violation.


    How Much Will it Cost Me?

    View our Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.

    Fact Sheet

    Download the Occupational Therapy Assistant Fact Sheet

    Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.



    Curriculum & Course Catalog

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    Learn more about the course, curriculum, admission requirements, and graduation requirements.

    • Preclinical

      Preclinical Year Fall

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 BIOL 212 Human Anatomy & Physiology *
      • 1 BIOL 212 L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab *
      • 3 COMM 101 Freshman Writing I
      • 3 MATH 116 or MATH 120 Mathematics 
      • 3 OTA 201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy**
      • 13 Total Credits

      Preclinical Year Spring

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 COMM 102 Freshman Writing II
      • 3 SSCI 105 Issues in Social  Science 
      • 3 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
      • 1 HSCI 105 Essentials for HSCI Profession (Medical Term)
      • 3 OTA 203 Clinical Kinesiology**
      • 13 Total Credits

       **OTA 201 and OTA 203 can be taken within the clinical year
    • Clinical Year

      Clinical Year First Semester

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 OTA 202 Principles of Performance in OT
      • 4 OTA 204 OT in Adult Physical Performance I
      • 1 OTA 205 Level I Fieldwork I
      • 3 OTA 208 OT in Adult Psychosocial Performance & Lab
      • 3 OTA 209 Modalities and Methods for Occupational Performance & Lab
      • 14 Total Credits

      Clinical Year Second Semester

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 1 OTA 206 Level 1 Fieldwork II
      • 4 OT in Adult Physical Performance II
      • 3 OTA 210 Occupational Performance in Children
      • 3 OTA 215 Occupational Performance in Elderly
      • 1 OTA 216 Capstone Seminar (Additional Fees May Apply)
      • 12 Total Credits


    Level II Fieldwork

    • 5 OTA 211 Level II Fieldwork I
    • 5 OTA 211 Level II Fieldwork I **
    • 2 OTA 216 Capstone Seminar II (Additional Fees May Apply)
    • 12 Total Credits

      64 Credits Degree Total

    *or 8 Credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology with lab

    Documentation of 16 volunteer hour’s w/OTA or OTR in at least 2 different age populations (Geriatrics/Pediatrics/Adults)

    2 Letters of recommendation from someone other than family members

    GPA of 2.5 or higher- must complete all General Education with a C or better before starting the OTA program.

    Complete all OTA courses with “C” or higher

    Students must demonstrate basic computer proficiency or will have to participate in a UC computer seminar

    This worksheet is an estimate based upon your unofficial transcripts. The approved transfer credits are subject to change with the registrar’s office evaluation of your official transcripts.

    Total Program Credit Hours 64


    **An additional semester may be added to the program year depending on fieldwork rotation             


    Program Effectiveness Data


    • Graduation Rate

      Graduation Rate

      Year Percentage
      2018 96%
      2017 95%
      2016 86%
    • Certification Exam Pass Rates

      Certification Exam Pass Rates

      Year Percentage
      2018 93%
      2017 89%
      2016 87%

      Total for 3 year Cohort is 91%. This indicates the percentage of students who took and passed the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation



    Job Opportunities

    The job market for OTA graduates is excellent. UC graduates have opportunities around West Virginia to work in a range of settings and with a variety of populations.

    From the elderly to the young, from psychiatric patients to injured workers, graduates work in wellness centers, rehab organizations, outpatient clinics, and university settings. Some students pursue a master's degree directly from the associate degree; several bridge programs in the area make this possible.

    Occupational therapy career opportunities are available both nationally and internationally.


    Program Faculty

    Jackie Hurt
    Jackie Hurt
    M.A., B.S., COTA/L

    Program Director

    Jennifer Rowe
    Jennifer Rowe
    M.S., B.S., OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, AFWC