Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS


Southeastern Institute’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant prepares students to work as an occupational therapy assistant under direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.  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.

Southeastern Institute will be seeking accreditation for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA): 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD  20814-3449.  As the program becomes operational, data will be collected and compiled to submit for accreditation. When the program attains ACOTE accreditation status, graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam.


The following objectives are designed to meet Southeastern Institute’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.


  • Have a High School Diploma or a GED
  • 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


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.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Major Courses (56.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
Human Occupation and Development Across the Life Span 4.0 credit hours
Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy Assistants 4.0 credit hours
Musculoskeletal Disorders/Assessment and Treatment Strategies 4.0 credit hours
Neurological Disorders/Assessment and Treatment Strategies 4.0 credit hours
Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Disorders/Strategies 4.0 credit hours
Group Dynamics 1.5 credit hours
Therapeutic Media 1.5 credit hours
Fieldwork I 2.0 credit hours
Occupational Therapy for Physically Disabled 4.0 credit hours
Pediatric Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
Aging and Performance Skills 3.5 credit hours
OT Preclinical Practicum 3.5 credit hours
Fieldwork II 12.0 credit hours


General Education Courses (26.0 credit hours)
Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)
Intermediate Algebra 3.0 credit hours

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