Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work to provide services to persons of all ages who are challenged by disability, trauma, and/or the aging process, helping them to participate in occupations that are necessary and meaningful, and to improve their quality of life. OTAs work under the supervision of occupational therapists in all practice settings. The OTA program, offered by Camden County College in partnership with Rutgers-SHP, is committed to preparing Occupational Therapy Assistants as professionals who will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, groups, and populations in New Jersey and beyond.   Apply & Register Program Details

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work to provide services to persons of all ages who are challenged by disability, trauma, and/or the aging process, helping them to participate in occupations that are necessary and meaningful, and to improve their quality of life. OTAs work under the supervision of occupational therapists in all practice settings. The OTA program, offered by Camden County College in partnership with Rutgers-SHP, is committed to preparing Occupational Therapy Assistants as professionals who will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, groups, and populations in New Jersey and beyond.

 


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Science

This curriculum is currently in the process of being updated. For the up-to-date curriculum, please view our 2020 Academic Program Guide.

Code Course Credits
First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I1 3
BIO-117 Basic Anatomy and Physiology I or  
BIO-211 Anatomy & Physiology I2 4
PSY-101 Basic Psychology 3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
...-... Diversity Humanities General Education Elective 3
    16
Code Course Credits
Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II3 3
BIO-118 Basic Anatomy & Physiology II 4or  
BIO-212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MTH-111 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PHL-232 Biomedical Ethics 3
PSY-109 Developmental Psychology5 3
    16
  Total provided by Camden County College 326
  Total provided by SHRP2 42
  Total Program Credits 74
NOTICE: Clinical placements are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical placements may require a criminal background check, health clearance and/or drug testing before participation is allowed. Clinical sites may deny a student’s participation in the event of a positive finding. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing body.
1 Must test into ENG-101 or complete all appropriate prerequisites
2 Prerequisite: BIO 111
3 Prerequisite: ENG 101
4 BIO 118 Prerequisite: BIO 117; BIO 212 Prerequisite: BIO 211
5 Prerequisite: PSY 101
6 The qualified credits earned from the occupational therapy assistant program at Rutgers-School of Health
Related Professions (SHRP) will be transferred as a block to Camden County College to complete the Associate
in Science Degree. Total provided by SHRP 42.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Communicate in both written and oral formats.
  2. Apply the scientific method of inquiry to analyze problems and draw conclusions from evidence data.
  3. Identify resources, obtain and critically evaluate information.
  4. Model ethical professional behaviors of a healthcare professional.

Employment Opportunities

Healthcare, Education and other Community Settings.

Special Program Requirements

  • CCC applicants must complete all basic skills requirements.
  • Contact SHP for complete admission requirements to the
    professional OTA program.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee
    admission to the SHP-OTA professional program.
  • Complete at least 16 of the specified pre-requisite credits
    before applying to SHP for the professional curriculum. All
    remaining credits must be completed for full acceptance.
  • Must have a C or better in each pre-professional class at
    Camden and overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • At Rutgers once enrolled, must maintain 2.3 GPA.
  • Applications are due November 1 for part-time studies, and
    June 1 for full-time studies. Full-time and part-time studies
    are available on the Scotch Plains campus.

Contact Persons

College Contact:
Professor Betty Joynes, Allied Health Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4324
email: bjoynes@camdencc.edu

Rutgers Contact:
Deb McKernan-Ace, Program Director

Rutgers School of Health Professions
email: mailto:dam440@shp.rutgers.edu
908-889-2474
rutgers.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

51.0803

Program Code

OTA.AS