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Regional College
East Liverpool
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology is offered at the Ashtabula and East Liverpool campuses. Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of an occupational therapist to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities. The ultimate goal is to improve clients' quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. With successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology (OCAT) and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The associate degree in the occupational therapy assistant program, Regional Campuses, reserves the right to initiate changes in the program as deemed necessary for maintaining quality education for the students.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy assistants held about 28,500 jobs in 2010. They worked in hospitals, nursing facilities, offices of other health practitioners, home health services, individual and family services and governmental agencies. Job prospects should be very good for occupational therapy assistants. Employment is expected to grow by about 43% between 2010 and 2020 as the demand for occupational therapy services rises.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the OCAT major is a selective process requiring the following: admission to the university; and, any prescribed developmental coursework; a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time in at least two different occupational therapy settings; high school or college courses in algebra and general biology; and a 2.70 GPA. Students interested in the program should apply directly to the Ashtabula or East Liverpool campus and meet with the program director. Applicants not admitted directly to the OCAT program will be admitted as pre-major students. Detailed information and requirements for admission may be obtained from the Kent State Ashtabula or East Liverpool campus program offices.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 69 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Utilize OT theory and techniques when providing appropriate occupation-based interventions to improve client outcomes with occupations, occupational role and ability to interact with the environment.

2. Demonstrate professional behaviors by providing OT services to diverse populations in a variety of settings.

3. Complete professional development activities which may include advocating for the profession and community service activities.

4. Select and perform occupation-based interventions appropriate for client-centered treatments utilizing critical thinking and clinical reasoning.

5. Pass the national certification exam.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)  4720 Montgomery Lane Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20844-3449. (301) 652-AOTA.

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36-39 credits)  Courses count in major GPA*
Type Course Title Credits
  OCAT 10000 Foundations in Occupational Therapy 2
    10001 Occupational Therapy Practice Skills II 3
    10002 Therapeutic Techniques: Psychosocial 4
    10003 Occupational Therapy Practice Skills Lab 1
    10005 Therapeutic Techniques-Fieldwork 1A 1
    20000 Therapeutic Techniques I: Physical Dysfunction 4
    20001 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy 2
    20003 Occupational Therapy Practice Skills III 3
    20004 Therapeutic Techniques III: Developmental Disabilities 3
    20005 Clinical Applications I 4
    20006 Therapeutic Techniques IV: Physical Dysfunction II 3
    20007 Therapeutic Techniques-Fieldwork 1B 1
    20008 Clinical Applications II 4
  Choose from the following: 1-4
  OCAT 10004 Occupational Therapist Assistant Terminology (1)  
    21095 Special Topics in Occupational Therapist Assistant Technology (1-4)  
    21096 Individual Investigation in Occupational Therapist Assistant Technology (1-4)  
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health** 3
    11020 Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health** 3
  NURS 20950 Human Growth and Development 3
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3


Psychology of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
  PTST 10002 Analysis of Movement 4
    20001 Therapeutic Communications in Physical Therapy 1
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5

* Minimum C (2.000) grade in all required courses including OCAT and additional courses, general studies courses and prescribed developmental courses.

** Students who have successfully completed BSCI 20020 Biological Structure and Function may use that course in place of BSCI 11020 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health II. They are still required to take BSCI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health I. Students who have successfully completed ATTR/EXSC 25057/25058 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may use those courses in place of BSCI 11010/11020 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health I/II.

Note: Clinical education must be successfully completed within 18 months of the didactic coursework.