Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate of Science
County College of Morris (CCM) through its Department of Health and Exercise Science offers a joint A.S. degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The OTA Program at Rutgers was developed in response to the demand for OTA practitioners at the local, state and national levels. This collaboration between Rutgers and CCM prepares students for employment in healthcare, educational and other community settings. In the workplace, OTAs follow guidelines and treatment plans established by occupational therapists.
The program’s mission is to prepare OTAs as professionals who contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, groups and certain other populations. Disease, injury, depression, stroke, advanced age and other challenges prevent people from participating independently in activities of daily living. OTAs make it possible for these people to achieve independence and improve their quality of life.
Graduates of an accredited OTA program are eligible to sit for a national certification exam and once certified can obtain state licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New Jersey. Students may choose to further their education by completing a master’s degree or entry-level clinical doctorate and becoming certified as an occupational therapist. For more information, visit www.shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/psyr/programs/asdota/index.html.
The SHRP OTA program within the School of Health Related Professions at Rutgers has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status 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 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
As the A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a dual degree from Rutgers and CCM, 32 General Education credits are completed at CCM with the remaining 42 credits of professional coursework taken at Rutgers.
The Rutgers/CCM OTA program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status 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 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Students complete the pre-requisite course requirements at CCM in Randolph, and the professional coursework at the Rutgers Scotch Plains campus. The professional coursework includes supervised fieldwork in healthcare, education and community settings. Full-and part-time study options are available.
The admission process is competitive and visiting the OTA website at www.shrp.rutgers.edu/prospective_students/admissions/admissions05_brochures.html is encouraged. Applicants who have completed 16 of the specified pre-requisite credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 may apply. Applicants apply to Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions by June 15 for fall admission to the professional phase of the program. All remaining pre-requisite credits must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for full acceptance to Rutgers.
Occupational therapy has recently been named one of the nation’s 150 best recession proof jobs. Due to the rising number of patients and an aging population, employment in this field is increasing with an anticipated 30-percent growth rate by 2018. This fast growth rate is greater than the average for all occupations. Students can look forward to dynamic careers working in a variety of settings with people of all ages.
There also is a growing demand for OTAs working in healthcare and government agencies assisting returning military personnel. OTAs also work with children with learning disabilities, behavioral issues, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. They work with individuals in their homes, community centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals.
If you would like to speak with an advisor about the Associate Degree of Science, OTA please contact:
Dr. Michael Paul
Assistant Chair, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Note: You must see a faculty advisor to plan your sequence of courses. For an updated checklist of courses needed for this degree, please visit the CCM website at www.ccm.edu and search for Curriculum Checksheets.
OTA General Education Requirements (32 CR)
COMMUNICATION (6 CR)
English Composition I 3
English Composition II 3
MATH-SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY (11 CR)
Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Statistics or College Algebra 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE (3 CR)
General Psychology 3
HUMANITIES (3 CR)
SOCIAL SCIENCE OR HUMANITIES (3 CR)
Developmental Psychology 3
GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (6 CR)
Principles of Sociology 3
Diversity Elective 3
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT CORE (42 CR)
The professional phase consists of 42 credits to be completed at Rutgers.