Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Training Program
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a didactic and clinical program that trains qualified personnel in the delivery of occupational therapy services. Students learn to assist occupational therapists in gathering data, treatment planning and implementation within the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.
Occupational therapy assistants address the effects of physical and mental disabilities by using interventions designed to improve, enhance and promote health and wellness in daily tasks and occupations. This is a consolidated Army-Navy program that is divided into two training phases.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at
METC 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. ACOTE's
Telephone number c/o AOTA is: (301) 652-AOTA
and web address is www.acoteonline.orgTo view National Certification
Examination Program Data Results:
Phase I didactic is 17 weeks long and is conducted within METC’s facilities, and Level II
Fieldwork, also referred to as Phase I clinical for Navy personnel, is 16 weeks long and is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).
During Phase I didactic, students are provided formal education and practical training that develops them into entry-level occupational therapy assistants within fixed and deployable medical facilities. Students learn the occupational therapy mission and scope of practice by instruction in physical and behavioral sciences; and the principles, concepts, and skills used to assist occupational therapists in treatment implementation.
Major areas of instruction include: fundamentals of practice, psychology, human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, client evaluation and assessment, clinical interventions, client conditions, clinical analysis and reasoning skills and level I fieldwork experience. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.
Level II fieldwork training provides students with hands-on training in a MTF or civilian occupational therapy clinic. This phase requires the student to exercise judgment and responsibility in performing diagnostic and therapeutic patient procedures. Training consists of hands-on application of skills learned in Phase I didactic, and written and oral assignments, as well. Completion of Level II fieldwork prepares students for work in a variety of settings such as, in-patient hospitals, out-patient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric settings, and mental/behavioral health units, among others. Proficiency in clinical skill is determined by the program director, and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has an affiliation agreement with the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Once students have successfully completed all pre-requisite general education college coursework, phase I didactic, and level I and level II fieldwork experience, they are awarded an associate’s of applied science degree in occupational therapy from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Prospective students must complete the following pre-requisite general college coursework with a “C” or better: English composition I (3SH), English composition II (3SH), college algebra or higher (3SH), humanities (3SH), and a social science such as psychology or sociology (3SH).
Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam and qualify for the designation, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
| To train the most knowledgeable, clinically proficient, and professionally sound occupational therapy assistants who are ready to support DOD
mission success world-wide.
| To maintain distinction as a nationally top-ranked occupational therapy assistant academic program.
Located in Fort Sam Houston
, TX, this program is the sole Department of Defense sponsored OTA school for eligible enlisted Army, Army Reserve, and Navy students.
Three training iterations are delivered each year for up to 20 students per class through a comprehensive 17-week Phase I (didactic classroom-based training) and 16-week Phase II (fieldwork) curriculum.
Graduates are qualified to challenge the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and earn distinction as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
Program Accreditation Status:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) from academic year 2009/2010 to 2019/2020.
ACOTE Contact Information:
AOTA Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3425
Phone: 301-652-6611 x 2914
The total number of graduates from the Medical Education and Training
Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2012-2014
was 84 with an overall graduation rate of 85%.
|Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination
|# First Time
|# First Time
|% Pass Rate
|Total 3 Year
|Passing Candidates 1/1/2014 – 12/18/2014
Graduates of the METC OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national examination for the occupational therapy assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the national examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain a state licensure.
To view National Certification Examination Program Data Results: