Keiser University

Occupational Therapy Assistant, AS

* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant prepares students to work as occupational therapy assistants under direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people gain skills needed to become independent in daily living activities. Students learn the therapeutic use of occupations which include self-care, work and play/leisure activities in order to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability and maintain health. Intervention strategies may include adaptations to a task or environment or compensatory approaches in order to facilitate clients’ achievement of maximum independence.

NBCOT (National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapist) examination pass rates for graduates of Keiser University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program are available by clicking here

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Keiser University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Melbourne, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, Jacksonville, Daytona, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach campuses, are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Fort Myers campus has been granted “developing program status” during the year 2012-2013. ACOTE can be reached at ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 Office phone: (301) 652-AOTA www.acoteonline.org.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives.

  • To provide an environment in which students demonstrate ethical behaviors, critical thinking skills and commitment to lifelong learning as required of a competent healthcare professional
  • Students demonstrate emerging clinical skills in treatment techniques, methodology and rationale for implementation, including clinical documentation and reasoning skills as an entry-level professional
  • Students demonstrate an academic foundation that clearly evidences occupational therapy’s unique focus on daily living activities and interventions that promote clients’ participation within a social/cultural context

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, students must earn 86 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows.

Each course in the Occupational Therapy Assistant major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be passed with a minimum “C” grade in order to proceed successfully through the program.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Major Courses ( 65.5 credit hours )
Introduction to Occupational Therapy 5.0 credit hours
Human Occupation and Development Acroess the Life Span 5.0 credit hours
Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy Assistants 4.0 credit hours
Musculoskeletal System Disorders/Assessment and Treatment Strategies 5.0 credit hours
Neurological Disorders/Assessment and Treatment Strategies 5.0 credit hours
Psychiatric Disorders, Assessment and Treatment Strategies 5.0 credit hours
Group Dynamics 2.0 credit hours
Therapeutic Media 2.0 credit hours
Fieldwork I 2.0 credit hours
Occupational Therapy for the Physically Disabled 5.0 credit hours
Pediatric Occupational Therapy 5.0 credit hours
Aging and Performance Skills 4.0 credit hours
Occupational Therapy Pre-clinical Practicum 3.0 credit hours
Fieldwork II 12.0 credit hours

General Education Courses (26.0 credit hours) (pdf file)
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Note: Each course in the Occupational Therapy Assistant major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be passed with a minimum “C” grade in order to proceed successfully through the program.

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Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly, Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduate

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N., Nursing Graduate

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios, Medical Assisting Graduate

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores, BA in Accounting Graduate

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella, MBA Graduate

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C, MS in Physician Assistant Graduate

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon, Criminal Justice Graduate

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou, Histotechnology Graduate

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

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Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I have been going to another school before, dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information that I need. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor, Medical Assisting Graduate

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley, Information Technology Graduate

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

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I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

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