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
Code Course Credits
First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
BIO-211 Anatomy & Physiology I1 or  
BIO-117 Basic Anatomy and Physiology I 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 II 3
BIO-118 Basic Anatomy & Physiology II or  
BIO-212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MTH-111 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PHL-232 Biomedical Ethics 3
PSY-109 Developmental Psychology 3
    16
  Total provided by Camden County College 32
  Total provided by SHRP2 42
  Total Program Credits 74
1 Students taking BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology I, must successfully complete the pre-requisite requirement BIO-111 Biology I.
2 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.

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.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with a foundation in general education.
  • To prepare students to enter the professional phase of the occupational therapy assistant program at Rutgers University in The School of Health Professions (SHP).
  • To prepare students to function as competent OTA’s in the health care related practice settings.
  • To prepare students for satisfactory performance on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam for the OTA.

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