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Degrees & Certificates
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at San Jacinto College has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and the official website can be found here.
- Application Information and Deadlines
The Fall 2023 application period will open January 17, 2023 and close April 14th, 2023. The OTA program will accept 12–14 students. Applicants must meet the College’s general admission requirements. This does not guarantee admission to the program. Attend an information session for further details.
Application Drop Off
South Campus Room: S-1.251i
Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 12 noon
San Jacinto College – South Campus
Attention: OTA Program
13735 Beamer Rd., Ste. S-1.251i
Houston, TX 77089
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 credit hours MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 credit hours BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I (lecture) 3 credit hours BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I (lab) 1 credit hour BIOL2302 Anatomy & Physiology II (lecture) 3 credit hours BIOL 2102 Anatomy & Physiology II (lab) 1 credit hour PYSC 2301 General Psychology 3 credit hours PHIL 2306 Ethics 3 credit hours Total Credit Hours 20 credit hours
The San Jacinto College OTA Program no longer requires observation hours. Applicants invited to the interview round will receive further directions and information to review before their interview to assess their knowledge of the OT profession. All communication will be provided via the email listed on the application packet.
Three forms of recommendation are needed to apply to the OTA program. The forms are located on the website. Letters of recommendation are not accepted, only the forms. Points are awarded based on each form of recommendation. The max points allocated from each form is 40 points. We will take the sum of the three recommendation forms to identify your score for the admissions rubric.
Background Check/Drug Screening Information
Licensure is based on successful completion of the NBCOT examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure. Any form of conviction results on a criminal background check may be cause for exclusion from admission to the program. Applicants have the right to request a criminal history evaluation from the applicable licensing agency.
- Approximate Program Costs
See Approximate Costs & Fees PDF (updated June 2021).
- Information Sessions
Information sessions are offered as a Zoom webinar or Face to Face on South Campus. See details below. These sessions are not mandatory but highly recommended.
**To sign up for a virtual session via Zoom, please fill out the Information Session Registration Form. A Zoom link will be emailed to you.
Fall 2022 Dates/Times
Tuesdays from 6 – 7 pm
On campus (Face to Face)
Room S1.246 South Campus
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm
September 27, 2022 September 7, 2022 October 25, 2022
October 5, 2022
November 22, 2022 November 2, 2022 December 6, 2022
Spring 2023 Dates/Times
Wednesdays from 6 – 7 pm
On campus (Face to Face)
Room S1.246 South Campus
Thursday from 12 – 1 pm
January 25, 2023 Feb 2, 2023 February 8, 2023
February 16, 2023
February 22, 2023 March 2, 2023 March 8, 2023 March 23, 2022
- Program Outcomes
Our graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and can apply for state licensure in order to practice. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available at the NBCOT website.
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Pass Rates
Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate 2020* 12/8 67% 2021* 14/12 86% 2022 12/12
2023 12/12 100% Total** 50/44
*Students withdrew from program due to personal reasons.
** Total students who have graduated from 2020-2022
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) data results are available the NBCOT website.
- Resources and Important Documents
What is Occupational Therapy?
To read more about the OT profession, see AOTA What is Occupational Therapy PDF Brochure.
More Occupational Therapy Assistant Resources
- Fieldwork Educator Resources
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator: Christine Joseph, OTR (281) 998-6150 X3949
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