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  Jan 30, 2023
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Occupational Therapy Assistant (2355) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science

This is a Limited Access program.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is to graduate competent, ethical, confident occupational therapy assistants committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment.

The Program

Upon completion of the two-year 74-credit occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program the graduate will be awarded an associate in science (A.S.) degree and will be prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner. The program includes a combination of general education and professional OTA concentration courses. OTA courses include lecture, laboratory, and fieldwork experiences. The program is a limited access program and admissions into the program is based on prior academic performance, completion of prerequisite coursework and observation hours, and other criteria. A brochure outlining costs, requirements, deadlines and procedures is available at

All General Education coursework must be completed prior to the third term of the program. A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained throughout the program. Some courses within the program may be offered through distance education which may include online or hybrid courses. Additionally, some of the traditional courses may have online content such as discussion posts, assignments, quizzes, and exams. 

A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Florida State College at Jacksonville Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three year period from 2017-2019 was 72, with an overall graduation rate of 75%.

Admission Year Graduation Year # of Admissions # of Graduates Graduation Rate
2015 2017 (May) 24 20 83%
2016 2017 (Dec) 24 20 83%
2017 2018 24 13 54%
2018 2019 24 19 79%
Total   96 72 75%


Fieldwork is an integral part of the educational process and is designed to be an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients in a variety of settings in the community. Level II fieldwork generally requires two eight-week full-time experiences scheduled in the last semester prior to graduation. Students are responsible for uniform expenses, background screenings, physicals, vaccinations, travel expenses, and any miscellaneous expenses required by each fieldwork location. All Occupational Therapy Assistant students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

The Career

Occupational therapy assistants under the direction of occupational therapists help people of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Working in collaboration with occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals, occupational therapy assistants are employed in a variety of traditional and emerging practice settings including community settings, mental health settings, public schools, rehabilitation settings, home health agencies, and nursing homes. Occupational therapy assistants provide occupation-based treatment interventions to improve the quality of life of clients within the community.

For information on the activities of our professional organization and the role of the occupational therapy assistant please visit the American Occupational Therapy Organization (AOTA) website at

According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2012 Occupations Outlook Handbook, the demands for OTA’s is expected to grow by 41% between 2012 and 2022.


Graduates of the program will be 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 individual 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. For more information, visit the NBCOT website at

For official program pass rates on the certification exam please visit

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

At its April 2018 meeting, ACOTE granted the FSCJ Occupational Therapy Assistant program a status of accreditation for a period of ten years.  ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ACOTE currently accredits over 407 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs in the United States and its territories.

The program is scheduled to complete an interim report in 2022 and the next on-site evaluation will take place 2027/2028.

For more information, please contact Dr. Neal Henning at

Application Procedure

Students are accepted into this program every year beginning in the fall. Application is a two-step process. You must first make general application to Florida State College at Jacksonville. This can be done at any FSCJ campus or online at There is a one-time application fee of $25.00. Applicants transferring from another educational institution must submit transcripts to the Student Records Office for processing and evaluation of credits. Once outside transcripts have been processed, course credits will be added to your official Florida State College at Jacksonville transcript. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing of transcripts by the Student Records Office. International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) documentation must be provided directly to the Assessment and Certification Center for credit evaluation and addition to the Florida State College at Jacksonville transcript. Please contact North Campus Assessment and Certification Center at (904) 766-6708 for more information.

After applying to Florida State College at Jacksonville and completing the necessary courses, you may then apply specifically to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. This limited access program is open to applicants regardless of race, disability, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation/expression, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information. Applicants must meet the Florida State College at Jacksonville admissions eligibility requirements (See college website for information) and must have completed all prerequisites in order to be considered for admission.

All applicants should contact a campus admissions office to see if they need to take the College Placement Test or other placement test and/or other admissions requirements.

Application deadline is the close of business, May 15, for admission to the program for the following fall term. If May 15 falls on a weekend, then the deadline will be the close of business on the Monday immediately following. Applicants will be required to have a drug screen and background check performed prior to entrance into the program.

Acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is based upon academic performance and other criteria. To be considered as a qualified applicant, individuals must complete the following by the application deadline of May 15:

  1. Applicants must be accepted for admission for Florida State College at Jacksonville or be currently enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Acceptance to FSCJ does not guarantee admission to the OTA program.
  2. Applicants must submit a completed OTA program application and clinical experience verification form to the Health Career Information Center by scanning and emailing to no later than May 15.  Please do not submit the entire packet, only those pages that require fill in or signature.
  3. Applicants must provide a copy of their Florida State College at Jacksonville transcript that includes all outside courses from other institutions along with any College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. 
  4. Applicants must have completed 20 credit hours or prerequisite coursework, including ENC 1101  or ENC 1101C  or ENC 1102 , DEP 2004 , PSY 1012 , BSC 2085C , BSC 2086C  and one General Education Mathematics course with a minimum grade of C or better. Course credit that was received for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be counted as a C on the admissions rubric.
  5. Any previous OT or OTA education coursework that is more than two years old will not receive credit and must be retaken.
  6. Applicants must submit documented evidence verifying completion of the minimum 10 hours of observation, service-learning, and/or work experience in occupational therapy with a licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant utilizing the clinical experience form. Submit the completed clinical experience verification form.

Students who have applied to Florida State College at Jacksonville and submitted completed applications to the Health Career Information Center by the deadline will be ranked according to a point scale based on grade point average in the required general education courses, and accumulated hours of clinical experience in occupational therapy, American Heart Association CPR, and first aid certification. The highest ranked students will be accepted into the OTA program and will be notified of their of their acceptance by FSCJ email only. A ranked alternate list will be established. In the event of forfeiture, the next highest ranked student will be notified of acceptance. Refer to the last page of the information packet for a complete description of the point system on which ranking is based.

A physical examination and criminal background check will be required upon acceptance into the program and again prior to fieldwork experiences. CPR certification for Healthcare Providers Level and First Aid Certification through the American Heart Association must be provided prior to enrollment first semester of OTH-prefix required coursework. Students must keep their CPR and First Aid Certification current to attend class and participate in fieldwork.

Completed applications should be sent to: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Florida State College at Jacksonville (North Campus), 4501 Capper Road A-224, Jacksonville, FL 32218.

Candidates will be notified of their status after all completed applications have been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Notification of admission to the program will be made by FSCJ email and it is estimated that notification letters will be emailed within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline. Students who receive letters of acceptance must accept the seat within the timeframe outlined in the acceptance letter by email response only. If the student does not accept the seat by the deadline, the seat will be offered to the next highest-ranked candidate on the alternate list.

Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to check their FSCJ email frequently. Not checking the FSCJ email account may cause the candidate to lose his/her seat.

Application Deadline(s)

Applications are due May 15. Applications post-marked after May 15 or incomplete applications will not be processed. Candidates will be notified of their status after all completed applications have been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

Need More Information? Contact:

Health Career Information Center, (904) 713-4545 or

More Information Online


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 23

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 51
A minimum grade of C or better is required in all Professional coursework. CPR certification for Healthcare Providers Level and First Aid Certification through the American Heart Association must be provided prior to enrollment first semester of OTH-prefix required coursework. Students must keep their CPR and First Aid Certification current to attend class and participate in fieldwork.

Total Credit Hours: 74

Recommended Course Sequencing

Semester I
Semester II
Semester III
Semester IV

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the state of Florida.


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline (if applicable).

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or better regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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