Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people gain skills needed to become independent in daily living activities. Students learn the therapeutic use of occupations which include self-care, work and play/leisure activities in order to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability and maintain health. Intervention strategies may include adaptations to a task or environment or compensatory approaches in order to facilitate clients’ achievement of maximum independence.


The following objectives are designed to meet Southeastern College’s mission and its goals. Graduates of the program are prepared as entry-level occupational therapy assistants by:

  • Demonstrating professional behaviors reflective of an ethical, competent therapist, inclusive of critical thinking, communication skills and commitment to lifelong learning required of healthcare professionals.
  • Practicing emergent clinical skills in treatment techniques, methodology and rationale for implementation, including clinical documentation and reasoning skills as an entry-level professional.

Demonstrating an academic foundation that clearly evidences occupational therapy’s unique focus on daily living activities and interventions that promote clients’ participation within a social/cultural context.

Admission Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass the entrance examination
  • Background check and drug screening where applicable
  • Completion of general education courses with a minimum grade of “C” for each course
  • Cumulative grade average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Applied Science Degree

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
Course Outline

To receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, students must earn a total of 56.0 credit hours in their major and 26.0 hours in the General Education courses for a total of 82.0 credit hours. This degree program can be completed in 24 months.

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Courses: 56.0 credit hours

Credit Hours
OTH 107: Introduction to Occupational Therapy 4.0
OTH 120: Human Occupation and Development Across the Life Span 4.0
OTH 110: Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy Assistants 4.0
OTH 144: Musculoskeletal Disorders/Assessment And Treatment Strategies 4.0
OTH 143: Neurological Disorders/Assessment and Treatment 4.0
OTH 230: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy 4.0
OTH 202: Group Dynamics 1.5
OTH 212: Therapeutic Media 1.5
OTH 280: Fieldwork I 2.0
OTH 242: Occupational Therapy for Physically Disabled 4.0
OTH 252: Pediatric Occupational Therapy 4.0
OTH 260: Aging and Performance Skills 3.5
OTH 201: OT Preclinical Practicum 3.5
OTH 281: Fieldwork II 12.0

General Education Courses (26.0 credit hours)

Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)

PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology 3.0

Communications (3.0 credit hours)

SPC 101: Speech 3.0

Computers (3.0 credit hours)

CGS 106: Introduction to Computers 3.0

English (3.0 credit hours)

ENC 101: English Composition I 3.0

Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)

AML 100: American Literature 3.0

Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)

MAT 103: Intermediate Algebra 3.0

Natural Science (8.0 credit hours)

BSC 205: Human Anatomy & Physiology 3.0
BSC 205L: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1.0
BSC 206: Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology 3.0
BSC 206L: Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1.0

Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduates

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). Successful completion of this exam entitles the individual to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist. Most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

A direct link to information regarding the OTA program’s pass rates for graduates attempting the national certification examination is made available by NBCOT at


The occupational therapy assistant program at Southeastern College-Columbia Campus, Columbia, South Carolina, was placed on Continuing Accreditation-Probationary effective March 24, 2024, because the monitoring report revealed the program was not in compliance with 2018 OTA Standard C.1.5. (sufficient fieldwork agreements). The program has been requested to submit a Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with the Standard within the mandated time period for correction.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is

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