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  Oct 02, 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 FSCJ OTA Program creates culturally competent and ethical occupational therapy assistants who provide evidence-based interventions with a focus on participation in meaningful occupations. 

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 are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam to qualify for licensure to practice as an OTA. 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 achieving a 2.5 GPA, prior academic performance, completion of prerequisite coursework, Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Test Scores (HESI A2) and other criteria. Information outlining costs, requirements, deadlines and procedures is available from the Health Career Information Center at North Campus via email at and online at

All General Education and prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to admission to thep rogram. A grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained throughout the program. 

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

Prerequisite and General Education courses are offered in an online, on-campus and hybrid format which include OTH 1001  and OTH 1704 . All other courses within the OTA program are offered in an on-campus or hybrid format, but all have components that require the use of technology. Distance learning fees apply to all online courses. Classes that require labs, may have additional lab fees. Lab fees are published in the class schedule.

FSCJ uses the learning management system (LMS) Canvas for all courses and for submission of all coursework. Therefore, the following are minimum requirements: 

Many textbooks within the program are offered in an e-book format or provide supplemental resources for students online. Online subscription-based resources are utilized to supplement textbooks. Faculty hold office hours on-campus and virtually to meet the varying needs of student schedules through the use of Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, or Canvas Conferences.  

Technology competencies include, but are not limited to, word processing skills, completing internet searches, downloading and uploading files, presentation development and recording, navigation of the learning management system, file management skills, videoconferencing skills and the ability to scan coursework for upload into the learning management system.

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Florida State College at Jacksonville Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three-year period from 2019-2021 was 75, with an overall graduation rate of 69%.

Admission Year Graduation Year # of Admissions # of Graduates Graduation Rate
2018 2019 24 19 79%
2019 2020* 24 9 37.5%
2020 2021 27 24 88.9%
Total 75 52 69%

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students from the Class of 2020 Cohort were delayed in fieldwork placement. Therefore, the remaining 9 students graduated in the Spring of 2021. For the cohort admitted in 2019, 18/24 students graduated by Spring of 2021.


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 requires two eight-week full-time experiences scheduled in the last semester prior to graduation and after completion of all didactic coursework.

As this is a full-time commitment, it is important for students to plan well in advance for childcare, work and other personal commitments. A hybrid seminar course is scheduled in conjunction with fieldwork allowing for both face-to-face meetings and on-line coursework to prepare the student for graduation and to analyze the fieldwork experience.  Student groups/classes are arranged to meet on campus and/or at locations throughout the community.  According to ACOTE, “the goal of Level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapy assistants.”  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.  Level II fieldwork experiences outside the United States are not offered at this time. 

There is currently no provision for FSCJ OTA students to participate in fieldwork experiences outside of the state of Florida/Georgia or of the United States. If there is a need for placement at a site where OT/OTA services currently do not exist (e.g. emerging practice areas), OT and OTA faculty who have at least 3 years’ full-time or equivalent of professional experience prior to the Level II fieldwork will provide the 8 hours of direct supervision, be available during all working hours through telephone or virtual meetings in order to provide the necessary support needed to ensure the student achieves the learning objectives for the fieldwork experience and provide protection for the consumer. 

Part-Time Fieldwork: Upon special documented request of the student, a part-time Level IIA or Level IIB can be arranged. This part-time arrangement is made with the approval of the AFWC and the clinical supervisor at the fieldwork site.  This arrangement includes the agreement of a start date and end date.  These dates are calculated by the AFWC to ensure that the student attends the fieldwork site for a minimum of 50% of an FTE at that site.   Level IIA and Level II B must be completed within 18 months of finishing the didactic coursework.

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, the overall employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities.


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 completed the interim report in 2022 and the next on-site evaluation will take place in 2027/2028.

For more information, please contact Dr. Neal Henning at

Application Procedure

Students are evaluated for admission to the professional coursework phase of the program in May of each year for a Fall semester program start. Beginning in Summer 2022, students will enter the prerequisite phase of the program (conditional offer) until they complete all admissions requirements. Please note that admission to the professional-level Occupational Therapy Assistant courses/program is competitive.

OTA program applications can be completed online at There is a one-time application fee of $25.00 for those applying for the first time to a credit-based program.

Applicants transferring from another educational institution must submit transcripts to the Student Records Office for processing and evaluation of credits. Official transcripts can be sent to Admissions Office, FSCJ, PO Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203. You can also have your transcripts sent electronicallydirectly from the school only, to 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 or email for more information.

The FSCJ OTA program does not give OTA course credit for previous work experience. Official transcripts from all colleges attended are evaluated for Florida State College degree-seeking students and vocational certificate students only by qualified evaluators. OTA courses are accepted from institutions recognized and participating in the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System.  OT or OTA courses that are more than two years old are not accepted for transfer credit.

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 admitted to the program, applicants will be required to complete a drug screen and background check to obtain 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 have completed 23 credit hours or prerequisite coursework, including ENC 1101  or ENC 1101C  or ENC 1102 ARH 2000 HUM 2020 LIT 2000 MUL 2010 PHI 2010  or THE 2000 MAC 1105  or higher-level MAC-prefix course or MAP 2302  or MGF 1106  or MGF 1107  or STA 2023 BSC 2085C , BSC 2086C , DEP 2004  and AMH 2020  or POS 2041 , each with a minimum grade of C or higher. Only prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C or higher can be used.  Course credit that was received for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be evaluated based upon the score obtained.
  2. Complete the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Test (HESI-A2).  Students must take all 9 sections in one sitting. Scores will be averaged across four categories (Anatomy & Physiology, Math, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension) for ranking purposes.
  3. Complete and submit the Healthcare or Military Experience documentation form if applicable.
  4. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from both high school/GED® and any postsecondary education. Transcripts must be officially sealed and sent directly from the awarding institution via electronic delivery to or via mail to FSCJ Admissions Office, PO Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service® at The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC® under license from the American Council on Education.

Admissions Process Information

Any previous OT or OTA education coursework that is more than two years old will not receive credit and must be retaken.

Students who have completed the online OTA application by the deadline will be ranked according to a point scale on the following:

  • Prerequisite course grades
  • Overall grade point average
  • Scores on the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Test (HESI-A2)
  • Healthcare or Military Experience
  • American Heart Association, Basic Life Support (BLS)

Candidates will be notified of their admissions status in the program via email approximately one month after the application deadline. The highest ranked students will be will be accepted and an alternate list will be established. In the event of forfeiture, the next highest ranked student will be notified of acceptance

Additional Program Information

Students must keep their physical examination, criminal background check, CPR and First Aid Certification current to attend class and participate in fieldwork.

Application Deadline(s)

Application deadline is the close of business, May 15, for admission to the program for the following fall term. If admitted to the program, applicants will be required to complete a drug screen and background check to obtain entrance into the program. 

Need More Information? Contact:

The Health Career Information Center, (904) 646-2300 or

More Information Online


Successful completion of the following prerequisites with a minimum grade of C or higher is required before applying to the program.


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 23

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 51
A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 74

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.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

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, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine 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.

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.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

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. Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020  or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
  7. Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
  8. 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 (2023/2024) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2023/2024 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 higher regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

The 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, visit the Transfer Services page at or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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