Sep 18, 2018  
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog 
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Occupational Therapy Assistant: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science l 86 credits minimum

Division of Health Professions
Jordan Campus, JCHSC, JHS 044
Program Information, (801) 957-6215
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising, JHS 047, (801) 957-6407
Health Sciences Admissions, JHS 065, (801) 957-6253

Program Faculty:
Assistant Professor − Lyndsay Fait

Program Description: Occupational Therapy is a health profession that provides services to children and adults of all ages whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness, developmental problems, the aging process and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Occupational Therapy Assistants use occupation and purposeful activity with clients/patients to help them reach their maximum level of independence.

Specific tasks may include daily living skill training, fabrication of adaptive equipment, leading individual and group treatment activities, adapting home environments, ADA architectural accessibility standards, enabling computer access for the disabled, cognitive retraining, improving development of gross/fine motor skills and activities that enhance quality of life. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree after successful completion of academic and fieldwork experiences.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is an engaged service learning program. Service learning requirements are embedded in coursework. Students are required to spend 150 hours or more involved in service learning, which may be outside of scheduled course times. Students may be required to attend conferences and out-of-state activities. The expenses of these requirements are additional student costs. Expenses can be offset by enrollment in AmeriCorps, if available. Students with a “B” average or higher will graduate as civically engaged scholars.

Career Opportunities: Work settings includes acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, community living facilities, home health agencies, community mental health centers, school systems, nursing homes, burn centers and rehabilitation clinics. Practice areas include: children and youth, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, rehabilitation, disability and participation, work and industry and emerging practice areas. COTAs work under the supervision of licensed, occupational therapists.

Transfer/Articulation Information: Students who are transferring credits from other institutions, Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores should submit them to SLCC’s Transfer Evaluation Office and submit the form, “Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credits. For more information, log on to Transfer evaluation may take up to six weeks to complete. All transfer credits, AP and CLEP scores must be posted before submitting the Health Sciences Admission Application. It is highly recommended that students meet with the Health Sciences advisor upon completion of the evaluation process to review transfer credits, AP and CLEP scores.

Program Entry Requirements:


  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed. Send to:

SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records
4600 South Redwood Road
P.O Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808

  1. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at : This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  2. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See:


See the Occupational Therapy Assistant webpage for essential information regarding completion of program application and additional application requirements at Completion of the prerequisites allows students to apply to the program. Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should see a Health Sciences advisor.


  1. Complete Online Application for Program
  2. HESI (Health Education Systems, Incorporated) A2 exam.
  3. Proof of Immunizations and CPR Health Care Provider certification adult, child, and baby with AED, First Aid certification; include with application.
  4. Background check through SLCC’s authorized vendor. In addition, it will be the responsibility of the student to contact the licensing board and seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession, if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern.
  5. Complete community service, 25 hours and submit one letter of recommendation.
  6. Proctored essay.

Note: See program website for detailed information:



  • Accuplacer college level math score of 43 (valid for 1 year)
  • ACT math score of 23 (valid for 1 year)
  • MATH 1010  or higher (minimum C grade within the past 5 years)


  • AP English credit (must be listed on SLCC transcript)
  • CLEP English credit (must be listed on SLCC Transcript)
  • ENGL 1010  or higher Introduction to Writing (minimum C grade)


  • BIOL 2320 -BIOL 2325  (minimum B grade within the past 5 years; limited to two attempts)




  • OTA 1020  (minimum B grade within the past 5 years; limited to two attempts)


Note: It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class is taken. Successful completion of all prerequisite classes is required before admission to the program.


  • PPD (tuberculosis skin test)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series
  • Hepatitis A vaccination series
  • Flu Shot
  • Drug Testing
  • Completed Criminal Background Check via SLCC vendor

Note: See program website for detailed information on immunizations, drug testing and criminal background check and CPR/First Aid in relationship to fieldwork and future certification, licensure and employment.

Course Fees:

Estimated Cost for Students: Tuition per semester:

Estimated Time to Completion: Four semesters

Specialized Accreditation: This program is accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3425

Members Phone Number: 1-800-729-2682
Non-Members Phone Number: 301-652-6611
TDD: 1-800-377-8555
Fax:  301-652-7711

ACOTE’s Disclosure Statement regarding Probationary Accreditation Action:
The occupational therapy assistant program at Salt Lake Community College, West Jordan, Utah, was placed on Probationary Accreditation effective August 7, 2015, for failure to document significant progress toward correction of an area of noncompliance related to
2011 OTA Standards A.2.2 (program director’s credentials) and A.2.10 (faculty degrees).

Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) and eligible for state licensure, which is required to practice in Utah. Students with a history of a misdemeanor or felony may not be eligible for fieldwork placements, service learning requirements, state licensure or national certification and should contact the program coordinator before enrolling in classes.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2 - Communicate Effectively
  3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4 - Think Critically and Creatively
  5 - Civic Engagement
  6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
  7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy
1. Graduates will acquire substantial foundational knowledge of the profession. 1,6,7
2. Graduates will acquire substantial therapy skills. 1,2,4,6
3. The program graduates will pass the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy occupational therapy assistant examination. 1,4
4. Graduates with certifications will obtain employment in occupational therapy or their chosen field. 1,2,4
5. Employers will report that our graduates are competent at their jobs. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
6. The program graduates will be effective in verbal, written, and nonverbal communicators with patients, peers, and others. 2,6,7
7. The program graduates will display quantitative literacy necessary for gainful employment in occupational therapy. 3
8. Graduates will exhibit behaviors consistent with showing respect for diversity. 4,6
9. Graduates will actively participate in service learning projects. 5,6,7

Human Relations (HR)

Human relations training is embedded within the Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum. Human needs and interpersonal relationships are constant with each patient, surgical technologist, nurse, and physician relationship and are threaded throughout the Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum.

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