Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between occupational and physical therapy?

Occupational therapy practitioners often work closely with the physical therapist in the delivery of services to the patient/client. Specifically occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are focused on skills the patient needs to learn or regain in order to resume their life roles and activities. The goal is not how far a patient can ambulate or how much they can lift but whether they can ambulate sufficiently to get across campus to their classes (if they are returning to college) and if they have sufficient strength in the arms to use a backpack effectively. Our focus is on all those life activities that we take for granted and makeup our daily lives.

2. Can I enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, complete all courses and then transfer to Towson entering the professional level masters program?

NO! The CCBC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a two year technical level program. It is designed to prepare students to function as certified occupational therapy assistants under the supervision of the registered occupational therapist. Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses are at the 200 level. The Occupational Therapy program courses are at the 400, 500+ level. Thus coursework does NOT transfer. However, most of the general education courses will transfer. Students desiring to pursue a professional level degree in occupational therapy are advised to contact those programs directly.

3. What is the job market like for occupational therapy assistant?

Many of the OTA graduates from the past several years have obtained preferred positions. We have graduates who are employed in area hospitals and rehabilitation centers, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities, community-based programs for the elderly and in the school system. The OTA Program frequently receives requests from area recruiters looking to hire graduates. New graduates are typically offered between $50,000 and $60,000 depending on the setting and the location.

4. Can I complete this program part-time while working full time?

Completing the program requires a full-time commitment and a flexible schedule. Students should be aware that courses are offered in a specific sequence one time per year. Most of the OTA courses have a lecture and lab component. In addition, nearly all classes have a Level I Fieldwork component which requires some clinical hours outside the classroom. The final semester of classes is comprised of a Level II fieldwork component which requires full-time clinical hours outside the classroom. 

5. What is Level II Fieldwork?

The two (2) Level II Fieldwork placements are clinical capstone courses. They provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills learned in the classroom. Upon successful completion of Level II fieldwork, the student is expected to demonstrate the competencies of an entry level occupational therapy assistant. 
 
The Level II Fieldwork consists of 2 full-time placements for a minimum total of 16 weeks. One placement is in a general fieldwork setting, and a second in a psycho-social fieldwork setting. Students are strongly discouraged from attempting to work during the Level II Fieldwork. 
Students must comply with several health requirements of the SHP, the OTA program and specific fieldwork sites. These may include recent physical, updated immunizations, recent PPD, CPR certification, and hepatitis vaccination. The student is responsible for the associated costs.

6. Where can I find more information about the profession of occupational therapy?