Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS Degree Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 75
Program Start: Spring

2022–2023 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Spring 2023. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to your Academic Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

Program Technology Requirements

The prerequisite courses for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program consists of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Students need to have a working computer, preferably a laptop, and internet service to complete assignments and assessments in the prerequisite and Occupational Therapy Assistant professional courses.

Computer requirements:

  • Processor: i3 or i5
  • RAM: 8 – 16 GB
  • Hard drive: 256 – 512 GB SSD. No hybrid drives.

Prerequisite Coursework

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for prerequisite courses with no lower than a "C-" grade in any individual prerequisite course except BIO-168 and BIO-173 which require a minimum grade of "B-".

Students are responsible for retaining knowledge of completed college courses, in particular, Anatomy and Physiology courses. This information will be used in many of the OTA courses. There are many videos online in which students are recommended to review to prepare for the OTA courses.

All coursework must be scheduled to be completed no later than the end of the spring semester prior to the program's summer start.

You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses.

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Term 0 — Pre-Program Prerequisites
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $859.00
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $898.00
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $630.00
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $420.00
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $630.00
Total Credits 16

Term 1 — Spring
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 $420.00
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $630.00
OTA-101 Introduction to OT 3 $630.00
OTA-120 Neuroanatomy for the OTA 3 $630.00
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $630.00
Total Credits 14

Occupational Therapist Assistant Program Coursework

  • Program coursework must be completed at full-time status and will take approximately 20 months to complete.

  • 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.

  • Personal life can disrupt one’s ability to complete the program. If this is occurring, please see the program director and fieldwork coordinator.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical experiences are completed off-campus. Sites may be local, in-state, or out-of-state. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program assigns students to a variety of sites to meet accreditation standards as well as different opportunities with different clients. You are very likely to travel at least two 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 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.”

  2. Completing CPR, HIPAA, Mandatory Reporting, and OSHA training prior to the first day of clinical coursework.

    • Hawkeye Community College’s HSC-108 Intro to Health Professions course provides students the opportunity to complete the following certificates:

      • Blood Borne Pathogens and Safe Working Environment
      • HIPAA For the Healthcare Provider
      • Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter
      • Dependent Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter
  3. Students will need to have a current physical exam and updated immunizations. Please contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant program for a current document for the physical and immunizations.

A dress code for clinical education exists and may be required by the clinical site. Students will find this information in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program Handbook which the program provides during the spring semester.

OTA Professional Courses

Term 2 — Summer
OTA-102 Human Movement and Occupation * 3 $1119.00
OTA-103 Task Analysis * 3 $855.00
OTA-105 OTA and Professional Issues I 2 $420.00
Total Credits 8

* OTA-102 and OTA-103 are hybrid classes. Lectures are online and labs are on campus.

Term 3 — Fall
OTA-201 Pediatrics and Occupation 8WK1 3 $630.00
OTA-202 Pediatric OTA Skills 8WK1 3 $857.00
OTA-204 Pediatric Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations 8WK1 1 $210.00
OTA-221 Level I Fieldwork Pediatrics 8WK1 1 $210.00
OTA-222 OTA and Professional Issues II 8WK1 1 $210.00
OTA-311 Adult Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations 8WK2 2 $420.00
OTA-312 Adult Psychosocial OTA Skills 8WK2 2 $644.00
OTA-313 Level I Fieldwork Psychosocial 8WK2 1 $210.00
OTA-314 Management and the OTA 8WK2 3 $630.00
Total Credits 17

Term 4 — Spring
OTA-315 Adult Physical Conditions and Occupations 8WK1 2 $420.00
OTA-316 Physical OTA Skills 8WK1 2 $420.00
OTA-401 Elders and Occupation 8WK1 2 $440.00
OTA-402 OTA Skills for Elders 8WK1 2 $420.00
OTA-403 Level I Fieldwork Physical Dysfunction 8WK1 1 $210.00
OTA-502 Level II Fieldwork A 8WK2 5 $1125.00
Total Credits 14

Term 5 — Summer
OTA-503 Level II Fieldwork B 5 $1150.00
OTA-504 Student to Clinician 1 $210.00
Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation

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

Course calculations are based on 2022–2023 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Contact Information

Program Director/Faculty

Cindy Koehn
Health Education and Services Center 228
Email Cindy Koehn

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Faculty

Jordan Tranbarger
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1195
Email Jordan Tranbarger

Academic/College Success Advisor

Lisa Wright
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Bartz
Tama Hall 110
Email Brenda Bartz


Science and Health Sciences

Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP
Tama Hall 110B
Email Dr. Gene Leutzinger

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