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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
ASSISTANT PROGRAM

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a two-year, two summer academic program.  It prepares the graduate to work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health care agencies, mental health centers, drug addiction centers, alcoholism programs, homes for the elderly, schools, military service and reserve corps, private offices, and other community health services.

 

Mission

 Goals


 

Institutional and Departmental OTA Program Regulations
THE REGULATIONS ARE IN PDF FORMAT

 
Information Related to OTA Program Graduates
   
Information about the OTA Program Graduates’ Certification Results

¿WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT?

He is a health professional who has completed an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy and who has approved the professional certification from the Occupational Therapy Examination Board.  He/she works under the supervision of a Licensed Occupational Therapist and his/her main task is to carry out the intervention plan.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Request and take the College Entrance Examination Board aptitude test.

  • Have the General Admission Index required for the department.  Admission will depend on the capacity established for the year.

  • Approve at least 24 credits with a G.P.A. of 2.00 or more (for reclassification students) and 2.50 (for in-transfer students).

  • Transfer students from other institutions must have approved 24 credits with a G.P.A. of 3.00 or more.

  • Be interviewed by the Program Official Counselor prior to admission.

If you are admitted to the program, you must present evidence of Varicella vaccine and the first two doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine to the Official Counselor during the registration process.

 

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

Code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-Requisites

OCTH 1017

Introduction to University Life in OT

2

 --

OCTH 1005

Theoretical and Administrative Foundations in OT

3

 --

OCTH 1041

Occupational therapy in Mental Health I:  Introduction

3

 --

OCTH 1121

Therapeutic Media I

3

 --

BIOL 1011

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

 --

BIOL 1012

Lab. Human Anatomy and Physiology I

0

 --

ESPA 3101

Basic Spanish I

3

 --

 

 Total

18

 

 

FIRST YEAR
Second Semester

OCTH 1042

OT in Mental Health II:  Application

3

TEOC 1041

OCTH 1105

Introduction to the Fieldwork Experience in OT Level I

2

OCTH 1005

OCTH 1121

OCTH 2101

Physical Health I: Kinesiology Applied to OT

3

BIOL 1011-1012

BIOL 1013

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 1011-1012

BIOL 1014

Lab. Human Anatomy and Physiology II

0

BIOL 1011-1012

ESPA 3102

Basic Spanish II

3

ESPA 3101

MATE 3077

       or

MATE 3001

Fundamental Mathematics

 

Elementary Mathematics

3

--

 

Total

16

 

FIRST YEAR

Summer

TEOC 1109

  Fieldwork Experience in Mental Health*

2

TEOC 1042
TEOC 1105

 

Total

2

 

*The summer fieldwork experience lasts 8 weeks. 

The fieldwork experience center is assigned to the student according to availability.

 

 

 

SECOND YEAR
First Semester

OCTH 1122

Therapeutic Media II

2

OCTH 1121

OCTH 2065

OT in Mental Health II: Community Rehabilitation

3

OCTH 1042

OCTH 2102

Physical Health II: Basic Concepts of Health in OT

4

OCTH 2101

BIOL 1013-1014

OCTH 2111

Intervention of OT in Pediatrics I

3

OCTH 2101

BIOL 1013-1014

HUMA 3021           or
CISO 3121

Cultural Manifestation of Western Man I


Introduction to Social Sciences I

3

 --

INGL 3101

Basic English I

3

--

 

Total

19

 

 

SECOND YEAR
Second Semester

OCTH 2103

Physical Health III:  OT Intervention in Physical Health

3

BIOL 1013-1014

OCTH 2101-2102

OCTH 2112

OT Intervention in Pediatrics II

2

OCTH 2111

OCTH 2115

OT Integrative Seminar

(Co-Requisite:  OCTH 2103)

3

OCTH 2102

OCTH 2065

OCTH 2111

OCTH 2116

Application of Technological Assistance in OT

2

OCTH 1041

OCTH 2102

OCTH 2111

HUMA 3022

or
CISO 3122

Cultural Manifestations of  Western Man II

 

Social Sciences II

3

HUMA 3021

or

CISO 3121

INGL 3102

Basic English II

3

INGL 3101

 

Total

16

 

SECOND YEAR

Summer

TEOC 2109

Fieldwork Experience in Physical Dysfunction or Pediatrics***

2

--

 

Total

2

 

*** The summer fieldwork experience lasts 8 weeks. 

The fieldwork center is assigned according to availability.

 

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE FIELDWORK EXPERIENCES

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Have a G.P.A. of 2.00 or more.

  • Have approved with a “C” or better all the concentration courses including the fieldwork experiences.

  • Not have any debt with the Institution.

  • Submit a graduation request form to the Registrar’s Office by the due date and pay the diploma fee.

  • The Program’s Faculty and the Deanship for Academic Affairs recommends the granting of the degree.

  • The student has up to 24 months (including two summers) after completing the courses from the OTA Program Curriculum to complete the fieldwork experience Level II.

 

When the student obtains the Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy and meets all requirements stipulated by law for taking the certification exam, the graduate can take the examination offered by the NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.).  After approving this examination, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant. He/she may also take the examination offered by the Occupational Therapy Examination Board of Puerto Rico. After approving the examination, the graduate should request a permanent license granted by the Occupational Therapy Examination Board to practice in Puerto Rico. To maintain the license, the OTA must present, every three years, evidence of continuing education courses.

*If you have been convicted of a felony, you cannot request the national   certification exam.

Note:  This information is in effect at the date of publication.  It is the student’s responsibility to become informed and to comply with the requirements that have been established at the moment of requesting admission.

      The Occupational Therapy Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, birth, age, physical or mental disability, origin, social condition, or political or religious ideas.

       Page updated by:  Loida Almenas

May 2013