Occupational Therapy Assistant

Are you compassionate and patient? Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, and improve skills for daily living. Choose from a variety of employment opportunities – from working with children with developmental disabilities to helping adults recover from strokes.



 Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Perform fieldwork in pediatrics, mental health, and physical disabilities. After completing this empowering program, you’ll be eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam.

  • Applications accepted Jan. 17 – April 6, 2023
  • Program offered every fall semester
  • 60 credit hours

Program Info

 South Campus

Serving students in Southeast Houston, Pearland, Clear Lake, and Friendswood.

Contact Us

 281-998-6150 ext. 3141


Email: otaprogram@sjcd.edu


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).

ACOTE Contact Information:

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Telephone Number: (301) 652-6611 

The official website can be found here.

Application Information and Deadlines

The Fall 2023 application period will open January 17, 2023 and close April 6th, 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

In Person

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


Observation 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.


Recommendation Forms

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. 


Admissions Documents

Application Packet (Updated June 2022)

OTA Application (updated June 2022)

Admissions Rubric (updated June 2022)

OTA Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 2022)

Recommendation Form (Updated June 2022)  

Immunization Requirements (Updated June 2022) 

GPS Report Instructions (Updated Feb 2022)


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 2022).


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

Webinar (Virtual)
Tuesdays from 6 – 7 pm

On campus (Face to Face) 
South Campus room listed next to date
Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm

September 27, 2022 September 7, 2022  -  S-1.246
October 25, 2022     

October 5, 2022    -   S-1.251S

November 22, 2022  November 2, 2022  - S-1.251S
December 6, 2022   


Spring 2023 Dates/Times 

Webinar (Virtual)
Wednesdays from 6 – 7 pm

On campus (Face to Face) 
South Campus room listed next to date
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 take 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 88.25%

*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

    Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

    American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    National Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (NBCOT)

    Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)

    Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE)

    Fieldwork Educator Resources

    Academic Fieldwork Coordinator: Christine Joseph, OTR (281) 998-6150 X3949



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