Occupational Therapy Assistant, O.T.A.-B
58 Credits | Main Campus
Occupational therapy helps people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
Want to help people live happy and productive lives despite physical limitations? Trinity’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA-B) degree educates students to work under the supervision and in collaboration with an occupational therapist (OT) to help people across the lifespan engage in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities called occupations.
This major prepares students to work in various settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, sub-acute facilities, psychiatric and community-based programs, schools, nursing homes, private practice and other emerging practice areas.
General Education and Prerequisite Requirements
Students complete general education and pre-requisite courses before beginning the OTA-B program. These can be taken at Trinity in the College of Arts and Sciences or credits can be transferred from another accredited institution. Students complete OTA-B-specific courses after formal acceptance into the OTA-B program.
- Complete in 2 years, after pre-requisites and includes 2 full-time rotations of 8-week fieldwork level II requirements (40 hours a week)
- 58 core OTA-B program credits
- 1 to 15 student: faculty ratio for laboratory learning
- Laboratory activities are supervised by experienced clinicians
- Classrooms and Labs are equipped with multimedia to facilitate learning
- Fieldwork Level I experiences in pediatrics, mental/behavioral health, and physical rehabilitation
Student Outcomes: What You’ll Learn
- Analyze, direct, guide and design individualized treatment plans using the principles and knowledge of occupational therapy
- How to work with clients across the lifespan to engage in activities of daily living in order to live productive lives.
The expected student outcomes reflect Trinity’s vision and mission, Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, AOTA Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process as well as AOTA Blueprint for Education.
Following completion of the OTA program in Trinity Washington University School of Nursing and Health Professions, the OTA graduate will:
- Use professional literature to make evidence based practice decisions in collaboration with other healthcare professionals (2011 ACOTE Standards; B.8.3)
- Demonstrate clinical skills and professional behaviors of an entry level OTA that reflect the standards and ethics of the OT profession
- Identify, adapt and modify activities and interventions that support the needs and wants of the client in their pursuit to master occupations and their environments.
- Be able to gather information about patients, populations and organizations and effectively communicate their occupational needs to the OTR, healthcare team, family and/or community
- Identify legal and ethical aspects of the OTA’s role in the supervision of healthcare personnel
- Successfully pass the NBCOT OTA exam
- Kipp Charter School
- Mosaic Health
- Burke Rehab
- National Rehabilitation Hospital
- St. Coletta
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
College of Arts & Sciences Admissions Requirements
- Step One: Apply to Trinity
- Step Two: Have your School Administrator submit your Official Transcripts (High School/College/Home School/GED) – International Transcripts must be evaluated prior to submission
- Step Three: Submit Essay “Where do I see myself after obtaining a TWU degree?”
- Step Four: Submit your Recommendation Letter(s) (Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Mentor)
- Step Five: Once your application is submitted, use your log-in credentials to check your status
- First-Time Freshman candidates for admission should complete a secondary school program that includes 16 academic units: English, Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), Science to include Lab work (biology, chemistry, and physics), History, Foreign Language, and Social Science.
- Transfer candidates must submit official college transcripts from each previously attended college or university.
- Optional Standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and/or the American College Test (ACT) can be submitted. To have your scores sent to us use SAT code 5796 and ACT code 0696.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 (on 4.0 Scale).