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Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 82
Program Start: Fall only

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

 The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program in the academic year listed.

 When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Note: Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

◆ General education course
► Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

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Prerequisites – Semester 1 – Fall ***
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I * 4 $711.00
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3 $533.25
ENG105 Composition I 3 $533.25
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $533.25
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
Total Credits 18

* A minimum grade of B in BIO168 and must have been completed within the five years of starting the Occupational Therapy Assistant program coursework unless waived by the program chair.

Prerequisites – Semester 2 – Spring ***
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $483.50
PSY121 Developmental Psychology 3 $533.25
PSY241 Abnormal Psychology 3 $533.25
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology -OR- 3 $533.25
SOC205 Diversity in America 3 $533.25
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25
Total Credits 18

** A minimum grade of B in BIO173 and must have been completed within the five years of starting the Occupational Therapy Assistant program coursework unless waived by the program chair.

***You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for prerequisite courses with no lower than a C in any individual prerequisite course unless otherwise noted.

Occupational Therapist Assistant Program Coursework

  • Program coursework must be completed at full-time status and will take approximately 12 months to complete.

  • Before you can begin program coursework, you must complete the Phase II admissions process.

  • You must earn a grade of C or higher in all program coursework; less than a C is considered failing. You may not progress with other coursework until a failed course is retaken.

  • You may only fail one program course; failing more than one course will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical experiences are completed off-campus. Sites may be local, in-state, or out-of-state. You are very likely to travel at least 2-3 hours away from campus for at least one placement to complete your fieldwork requirement. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from clinical education, as well as any associated uniform and housing costs. You will not be allowed to select specific sites for clinical education, but may make requests for special needs or geographical locations. Placement at sites will be dependent up the availability of supervisors.

Participation in clinical education requires:

  1. Passing a criminal background, urinalysis testing, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks prior to the first day of program courses. A negative finding of the background check may limit and/or exclude you from participation in clinical education (fieldwork) component, thus your eligibility for program completion/graduation would be compromised. If you have a negative finding, you can go through the NBCOT Early Determination & Character Review. NBCOT states “To ensure that occupational therapy practitioners meet standards of professional conduct prior to entering the profession, all applicants for certification are required to provide information and documentation related to affirmative responses to character questions on the examination application. - See more at:

  2. Completing CPR, HIPAA, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, and OSHA training prior to the first day of clinical coursework. This training is part of HSC108.

  3. Current physical exam and updated immunizations are required, including current hepatitis B series (unless signs waiver), MMR, and current tetanus. Polio and meningitis are also recommended. Current two-step TB test results are required. This must be recorded on the Hawkeye Community College Student Health and Immunization Record form prior to the first day of program courses.

    Physical and immunizations must be up to date and maintained until the following August and/or completion of all fieldwork. Failure to do so will disrupt fieldwork placement and jeopardize your position in the program.

A dress code for clinical education exists and may be required by the clinical site.

Semester 3 – Summer
OTA102 Human Movement and Occupation 3 $758.25
OTA103 Task Analysis 3 $533.25
OTA104 Assistive Tech and EM 2 $623.50
Total Credits 8

Semester 4 – Fall
OTA201 Pediatrics and Occupation * 3 $533.25
OTA202 Pediatric OTA Skills * 3 $793.25
OTA203 Level I Fieldwork Pediatrics * 2 $387.50
OTA204 Pediatric Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations * 1 $177.75
OTA311 Adult Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations ** 2 $355.50
OTA312 Adult Psychosocial OTA Skills ** 2 $505.50
OTA313 Level I Fieldwork Psychosocial ** 1 $177.75
OTA501 Professional Practice for OTA ** 3 $533.25
Total Credits 17

* First 8 weeks
**Second 8 weeks

Semester 5 – Spring
OTA302 Physical OTA Skills * 3 $859.25
OTA310 Adult Physical Conditions and Occupations * 3 $533.25
OTA401 Elders and Occupation * 2 $355.50
OTA402 OTA Skills for Elders * 2 $355.50
OTA403 Level I Fieldwork Physical Dysfunction * 1 $177.75
OTA502 Level II Fieldwork A ** 5 $1038.75
Total Credits 16

* First 8 weeks
**Second 8 weeks

Semester 6 – Summer
OTA503 Level II Fieldwork B 5 $888.75
Total Credits 5

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Tracking Sheet

2016–2017 [pdf]

Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Program Advisor

Cindy Koehn
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1195
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Program Chair

Booker Johnson
Health Education and Services Center 228C
319-296-2329 ext.1255
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Pre-Health Student Success Specialist

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Pre-Health Program Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1079
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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