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The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus prepares the student to serve as an entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistant, and admits students every Fall semester.


For more information about this program, contact Joan Meyers, Director of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, at


Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an OTA information session.

During an information session, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, students and Admissions representatives.

Day Date Location Time
Saturday November 12, 2016 Student Lounge During OPEN HOUSE from 10:00 am to 12 Noon
Day Date Location Time
Tuesday October 18, 2016 F167 4:00 PM
Saturday November 5, 2017 F167 During OPEN HOUSE from 10:00 am to 12 Noon
Tuesday January 24, 2017 F167 4:00 PM
Tuesday anuary 31, 2017 F167 4:00 PM


After successful completion of the OTA program, students will be able to:

  • Gather information regarding client’s performance of occupations.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competency in performing the skills required to carry out the occupational therapy process.
  • Demonstrate mature, responsible workplace behaviors.
  • Customize intervention strategies, activities, and environments to maximize client outcomes.
  • Utilize effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication.
  • Collaborate effectively with supervisor and client throughout the OT process.


Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, the graduate will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and will be prepared as an entry-level OTA.

Program coursework consists of general education classes focusing on biology, English, the social sciences and OTA professional classes. The OTA program incorporates use of classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experiences toward the development of the therapeutic skills and professional behaviors necessary for effective practice.

NOTE: OTA professional classes are offered only on the Fulton campus. Other required courses may be taken on either campus. The program admits students every fall.

OTA courses are offered one time per year and must be taken in sequence starting in the fall semester. Although the program may be completed in two years, students may opt to take longer to complete their degree requirements.

The OTA curriculum includes 4 required fieldwork rotations. Students travel to community settings for each of the two Clinical and Community Practice fieldwork courses outside of scheduled class times. Two Level II fieldwork courses comprise the final semester of the program, and each consists of 8 weeks of full-time supervised training in a clinical setting. Students gain in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients of various ages, backgrounds and conditions. Level II fieldwork may require special housing. Transportation to all fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: Students are required to take OTA 120, Clinical and Community Practice IB fieldwork course during the 10-week summer session after successful completion of the second semester of the program. The summer course is offered only in this sequence and is a requirement for continuation as a third-semester student and for graduation within the stated time line. Students may not be eligible for financial aid during the summer session.


The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


  • Health care agencies may require criminal background checks, drug testing and fingerprinting for OTA students completing fieldwork under their supervision.
  • Eligibility for licensure as an OTA in New York State by anyone who has been convicted of a crime or who has charges pending in any state or country will be determined through an investigation by the New York State Education Office of Professional Discipline.
  • In order to obtain licensure to practice as an OTA in New York Stage, graduates must pass the national certification examination offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
  • History of a felony or misdemeanor may impact a graduate’s eligibility to sit for the national certification examination. If you have a criminal history, it is strongly recommended that you complete a character review before starting the OTA program.
  • To access certification information, go to and click on the certification candidates tab. You may contact NBCOT at 12 South Summit Avenue Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. (301) 990-7979 or


  • Each OTA program applicant is responsible for assessing his or her own computer competency. Students must possess basic proficiency in computer use, including the ability to use databases and search engines to access information, word processing for writing, and email for attaching files as needed.
  • Access to a reliable internet connection is required throughout the program.


New full- and part-time students seeking admission to the OTA program must file both a Cayuga Community College application and an application to the OTA program. Pre-admission requirements pertaining to medical or disabling conditions are prohibited by regulation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For students with documented functional limitations, reasonable accommodations will be made through Cayuga’s Office of Accessibility Resources.

Admission to the OTA program is selective. Attendance at an OTA information session is encouraged. Dates for information sessions will be made available on the OTA page of the college website.

The following pre-requisites must be completed before applying to the OTA program:

  • High school or general equivalency diploma (GED);
  • High school average of B (80%) or higher OR cumulative college GPA 2.5 or higher;
  • Applicants who possess a GED will be accepted into the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science major until a college grade point average is established. Once a GPA has been established, students can then apply to the OTA program;
  • Successful completion (grade C, 73% or higher) of high school or college biology with a lab;
  • Successful completion (grade C, 73% or higher) of high school or college chemistry with a lab OR physics with a lab;
  • Testing into Cayuga’s Math 102 or higher on the Cayuga placement exam or completion of Math 099 (grade C, 73% or higher) or higher or have taken Math 099 or higher at another institution;
  • Testing or placing into Cayuga’s English 101-Freshman English 1 or completion of English 101 (grade C, 73% or higher) or higher;
  • Satisfactory scores on the ATI TEAS entrance exam due by the March 1st application deadline. Cost of exam is incurred by the applicant. Specific dates for the ATI TEAS are to be determined. Please check the OTA page of the college website for further details;
  • Each OTA program applicant is responsible for assessing his or her own computer competency. Students must possess basic proficiency in computer use, including the ability to use databases and search engines to access information, word processing for writing, and email for attaching files as needed;
  • Access to a reliable internet connection is required throughout the program


  • Must complete and submit a Cayuga Admissions Application and an OTA program application, including official transcripts.
  • Applications received by the March 1st deadline will take priority. Applications will continue to be reviewed after March 1st until the program is full.
  • Two professional references are required by the March 1st deadline.
  • Applicants not accepted must reapply to be considered for admission the following year.


The curriculum is a recommended two-year course sequence. Students may opt to complete the program at a slower pace; however, all students are required to complete all graduation requirements within four years from the start of enrollment in the first OTA course. OTA 210 and OTA 211 (both level II fieldwork courses) must be completed within 18 months of completing the academic portion of the curriculum.

OTA courses are offered one time per year and must be taken in sequence starting in the Fall semester.


Fall Semester 1
BIOL 203 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
OTA 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy * 2
OTA 103 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan * 3
OTA 105 Clinical Conditions and Medical Terminology * 2
Spring Semester 1
BIOL 204 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
ENGL 270 Technical Writing 3
OTA 110 Clinical and Community Practice IA * 1.5
OTA 111 Human Movement for Occupation * 2
OTA 113 Occupational Therapy Process: Birth to Adolescence * 4
OTA 115 Technology and AdaptationAcross the Lifespan * 2
OTA 117 Professional Communication Skills for the OTA * 1
Summer Semester 1
OTA 120 Clinical and Community Practice IB * 1.5
Fall Semester 2
PSY 206 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
OTA 201 Occupational Therapy Process: Adults and Elders * 2
OTA 203 Occupational Therapy Process: Mental Health Across the Lifespan * 2
OTA 205 Occupational Therapy Process: Physical Health Across the Lifespan * 4
OTA 207 Professional Transition and Management * 2
Spring Semester 2
OTA 210 Fieldwork II A * 6
OTA 211 Fieldwork II B * 6

* Minimum grade of C required to complete graduation requirements.