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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Department

September 5, 2017    
9am to 10am in Building 34, Room 251

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***Effective 10/15/15: OTA classes will be held during the summer semesters of the OTA Program.  


 ***EFFECTIVE APRIL 2015:  Readmission  -  Students who leave the Program due to academic failure, clinical incident or professional behavior incident will not be eligible for readmission. Students who leave the OTA Program in good academic, clinical and professional behavior standing may be considered for readmission one time, upon recommendation of the OTA Faculty and passing of all re-entry requirements outlined in the current OTA Student Handbook.  Special consideration may be given in extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the OTA Faculty and Program Director.

Influenza update- posted 7/07/2016
For the 2016-2017 flu season, the Occupational Therapy Program will no longer accept FLU MIST (nasal spray) per new Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Students must have the influenza vaccination which is offered through Grossmont College Health Services or a physician's office.

Teaching the Art of Independence

PICTURE to left: Occupational therapy personnel using a therapy ball for upper extremity strengthening exercises.

                                              Occupational Therapy is a skilled treatment that focuses on helping people of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. Whether the individual is young or old, they engage in "occupations" such as learning, playing, working, or managing a home. Occupational Therapy provides services to those individuals with physical, emotional, or other challenges who are unable to carry out their daily living tasks.

Occupational therapists assess clients with physical and mental challenges in order to develop activities of daily living (ADL) that work best for those clients. For a client with a physical disability, the first focus is on performing critical daily routines, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Once these skills are mastered, a program is then built around the skills needed to perform tasks such as participating in education, caring for a home and family, or seeking and maintaining employment.

For a client with mental illness, the goals are also based on the ability to function independently. In treating mental or emotional challenges, the occupational therapy program focuses on areas such as managing time, working productively with others, and enjoying leisure.

Occupational Therapy Practitioners work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, mental health centers, rehabilitation facilities, private homes and more. Delivery of occupational therapy services involves several levels of personnel including the occupational therapist, the occupational therapy assistant and aides.


Grossmont College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the American Association of Junior Colleges, the Community College League of California, and the National Commission on Accrediting. Appropriate courses are fully accepted on transfer by the University of California, The California State College system, and by private four-year colleges and universities.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited 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 and the phone number is 301-652-AOTA. is the link to their website.

Accreditation allows graduates who have completed the Associate Degree program to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Those who pass the exam earn the title Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  Individuals considering entering or currently enrolled in the OTA Program at Grossmont College who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime are urged to contact NBCOT at (301) 990-7979 for advisement and planning prior to continuing in the program.  Persons on probation are not eligible to apply or be accepted into the OTA Program.  Failure to pass either or both the background check or drug screening procedures may interfere with clinical placement and/or acceptance to the program and may influence eligibility for licensure and/or NBCOT testing.  Applicants with any issues that may flag the background check and/or drug screening should contact the Dean of Allied Health and Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program. **Even if you have passed a prior background check, LiveScan often shows additional items from the past. Graduates are sometimes surprised that they are having difficulty obtaining employment due to not clearing a LiveScan for employment after clearing all the background requirements for the program clinicals, NBCOT testing, and CBOT licensing.**

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at :

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*Based on the # of graduates who were offered OTA employment out of the # of graduates who chose to seek employment as an OTA after graduation.

OTA Program - 619-644-7304

Last Updated: 06/08/2017
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