• 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 Summer I

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 MATH 116 Survey of Mathematics
      • 3 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
      • 1 BIOL 213 Basic Medical Terminology

      7 Total credits

      Preclinical Year Fall

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology
      • 1 BIOL 212L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
      • 3 COMM 101 Freshman Writing I
      • 3 HUMN 101 Humanities
      • 3 PSYC 212 Life-Span Development

      13 Total credits

      Preclinical Year Spring

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 COMM 102 Freshman Writing II
      • 3 SSCI 105 Issues in Social Science
      • UNIV 203-(Transfer student) University Transitions for Transfer students
      • 3 SPCH 103 Communications

      12 Total credits

    • Clinical Year

      Clinical Year First Semester

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 OTA 201 Intro to Occupational Therapy
      • 3 OTA 202 Prin of Performance in OT
      • 3 OTA 203 Clinical Kinesiology
      • 4 OTA 204 OT in Adult Physical Performance I
      • 2 OTA 205 Level I Fieldwork I
      • 3 OTA 208 OT in Adult Psychosocial Perf & Lab

      18 Total credits

      Clinical Year Second Semester

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 2 OTA 206 Level I Fieldwork II
      • 4 OTA 207 OT in Adult Physical Perf II
      • 3 OTA 209 Modalities and Methods for Occupational Perf & Lab
      • 3 OTA 210 Occupational Perf of Children
      • 3 OTA 215 Occupational Perf of Elderly

      15 Total credits

    Level II Fieldwork

    • 6 OTA 211 Level II Fieldwork I
    • 6 OTA 212 Level II Fieldwork II
    • 2 OTA 216 Capstone Seminar

    14 Total credits

    79 Degree Total

    Documentation of 20 volunteer hours w/OTA or OTR
    2 Letters of recommendation from someone other than family members.
    Letters of reference and documentation of volunteer hours are due by March 15 each year.
    GPA of 2.5 or higher
    Students must demonstrate basic computer proficiency or will have to participate in a UC computer seminar.


    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