University of Charleston

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Group of Occupational Therapy Assistant students looking at skeleton while professor instructs
  • duration

    2 Years

  • format


  • location

    Beckley & Charleston

Program Overview

Throughout this program, you will learn a range of occupational therapy interventions, including helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.


Occupational Therapy Assistant students practicing skills

Program Highlights

  • You will learn in a supportive, encouraging, and motivating environment.

  • You will gain a strong foundation in the skills and knowledge needed for entry level OTA practice competencies.

  • You’ll take courses including biology, psychology, communication, medical terminology, clinical kinesiology, physical performance, and more.

  • Our program consists of both classroom instruction and clinical experience and is divided into pre-clinical studies, clinical year, and level II fieldwork.

Program Outcomes

  • Skill Development

    You will develop technical expertise along with skills in effective communication, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professionalism.

  • Career/Graduate Program Opportunities

    Our graduates work in wellness centers, rehab organizations, outpatient clinics, and university settings. Some even pursue a master’s degree directly from the associate degree; several bridge programs in the area make this possible.

  • Expected Employment Growth

    Employment for OTAs is expected to grow 31 percent (much faster than average) between 2018 and 2028.

Meet the Faculty

Additional Information

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 Occupational Therapy Assistant Application

How Much Will It Cost?

View our Program Cost of Attendance document for more detailed information on cost.

Curriculum & Course Catalog

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

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Education (ACOTE)

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
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



Important information about the OTA program in Charleston


The associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 12 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Prospective applicants should review this letter from ACOTE.

Provide detailed information about the history of the conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.

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

Total # of Graduates

2019 – 23
2018 – 23
2017 – 20

Graduation Rate

2019 – 92%
2018 – 96%
2017 – 95%

Certification Exam Pass Rates

2019 – 73%
2018 – 93%
2017 – 87%

Total for 3-year Cohort is 85% – this indicates the percentage of students who took and passed the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation.

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 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 212 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • 3 OTA 203 Clinical Kinesiology**

12 Total Credits
**OTA 201 and OTA 203 can be taken within the 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

63 Credits Degree Total

*or 8 Credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology with lab

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 63

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