Accelerated A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies


This 69-credit program prepares individuals to practice as an occupational therapy assistant in a variety of settings with people of all ages. The program features accelerated 8-week academic terms, five clinical fieldwork experiences, and intensive guidance by faculty and mentors. Lecture and laboratory classes are scheduled two evenings per week and Saturday mornings. The Program uses a hybrid distance learning model. Students attend bi-weekly, on-campus class sessions and participate in electronically mediated learning experiences during those times when they are not on campus. Students may complete the program in 23 months. Curricular themes permeate all courses, and key professional concepts are continually reinforced. Fall entry only.

Candidates for admission are required to submit an application that includes a resume, personal statement and evidence of two OT site visits (forms included in application packet) as well as participate in an individual interview.

The occupational therapy assistant studies program at Philadelphia University 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates are 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 graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most 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. 


(33 credits)
Learning with Technology 3
WRTG-105 Writing about Workplace Culture 3
BIOL-101 Current Topics in Biology 3
HIST-232 History and Philosophy of OTA Practice 3
OTA-300 Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics
Introduction to Psychology 3
OTA-302 Occupations across the Lifespan: Infancy through Adolescence 3
OTA-306 Conditions I Infancy through Adolescence 3
OTA-304 Occupations across the Lifespan: Adulthood 3
OTA-308 Conditions II: Adulthood 3


(36 credits)
OTA-310 Environments and Contexts of Occupation 3
OTA-410 Interventions I: Infancy through Adolescence 
OTA-412 Interventions II: Young through middle Adulthood 4
College Algebra 3
OTA-414 Interventions III: Late Adulthood
OTA-400 Leadership and Human Service Systems 3
OTA-406 Fieldwork II A 6
OTA-402 Ethics and Critical Thinking I 2
OTA-408 Fieldwork II B
OTA-404 Ethics and Critical Thinking II 1