Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work under the direct supervision of a Occupational Therapist
(OTs) to provide all levels of patient treatment to people who are limited by physical injury or illness, mental health
problems, developmental or learning disabilities, or the aging process.
OTAs assist OTs in assessing patient needs, determining therapeutic goals, planning and implementing treatment activities,
communicating with patients and health care providers and documenting patient progress. They utilize purposeful
activities, manual and creative arts to help patients achieve their highest level of function. OTAs are employed in
hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, schools, day treatment centers, outpatient clinics and other community agencies.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares the student for an Associate in Science Degree. In addition to the
core curriculum, the major requires selected general education courses from the biological, social and behavioral sciences.
OTA core courses are offered evenings only. Clinical
Practicum experiences are available daytime and possible
weekends only. Clinical Practicum IV and V (OTA 240 & 241) requires a 40 hour/week
commitment for 20 weeks.
PICTURE ABOVE: Occupational therapy personnel working
with child side-lying on round platform swing.
College is committed to providing an exceptional learning
environment that enables diverse individuals to pursue their
hopes, dreams, and full potential and to developing enlightened
leaders and thoughtful citizens for the global community.
is fulfilled by providing the people of East San Diego County
Transfer degrees and certificate programs
Career technical education and workforce development
Student support services that promote student access and
Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
To provide a quality educational program that values the uniqueness of all human beings; that is committed to producing
competent, socially responsive entry level occupational therapy assistants; and that serves the San Diego community by
educating students to provide occupational therapy services to a complex, culturally diverse population. This program is
also committed to the encouragement of life-long learning as an adaptive professional "skill" in response to an ever changing society.
Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in multiple settings with people of all ages. And the
employment outlook for occupational therapy assistants is bright! Recent information published by the U.S. Department of
Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants will continue to
improve steadily for the foreseeable future. Specifically, it states that:
"Employment of occupational therapy assistants...is
expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much
faster than the average for all occupations"
One of the greatest advantages of a career as an occupational therapy assistant is the wide variety of opportunities
available to graduates. Many childhood--learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who having
learning disabilities, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome.
Occupational therapy assistants also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals,
and nursing homes. In these settings, they help people with traumatic injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, or
mental health problems learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful occupations.
If you are looking for a challenging career and have a desire to learn, achieve, and give your best to society, a
career as an occupational therapy assistant is for you!"
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM OUTCOMES/COMPETENCIES
Upon completion of the
program, the Grossmont College Associate Degree Occupational
Therapy Assistant graduate will:
Pass the NBCOT examination
Value the uniqueness, dignity and rights of the individual
Exhibit cultural sensitivity during treatment interactions
Demonstrate ability to utilize purposeful activity to facilitate
adaptation and mediate dysfunction for all age groups,
disabilities and occupational roles
Demonstrate ability to provide quality services in a wide
variety of practice environments including uncharted areas of
Demonstrate the necessary occupational therapy skills to meet
the practice needs of the occupational therapy community
Exhibit behaviors consistent with the Occupational Therapy Codes
of Ethics and professionalism while representing the profession.
Value continuing education, technical advancement. leadership
opportunities, career advancement and community service in
Advocate and promote the field of occupational therapy
Grossmont College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the American
Association of Junior Colleges, the Community College League of California, and the National Commission on Accrediting.
Appropriate courses are fully accepted on transfer by the University of California, The California State College system,
and by private four-year colleges and universities.
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.
Accreditation allows graduates who have completed the Associate Degree program to sit for the national certification
examination administered by the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Those who pass
the exam earn the title Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Individuals considering entering or currently enrolled in
the OTA Program at Grossmont College who have been convicted
of a misdemeanor or felony crime are urged to contact NBCOT
at (301) 990-7979 for
advisement and planning prior to continuing in the program.