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Penn State Berks

Begin Date: Spring 2013
End Date: Spring 2017

Occupational Therapy

Berks College (2OTBL)
University College (2OTCC): Penn State DuBois, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Shenango

This major helps graduates prepare to be occupational therapy assistants who are qualified to be employed by agencies that provide occupational therapy and related services. The goal of occupational therapy is to enable the client to be as independent as possible in the daily performance of self-care, productive, and leisure occupations. General education, basic science, and occupational therapy courses are followed by supervised field experience. Upon successful graduation from the program, students must sit for and successfully pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) national certification examination to practice. Most states also require licensure as a condition for employment. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and obtain licensure. NBCOT may be contacted at NBCOT, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. 301-990-7979 or on the Web at

To enter this major, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. To be admitted to degree candidacy, the applicant must have completed educational background requirements called Carnegie Units or Secondary School Units. Students are responsible for proof of liability insurance and other requirements specified by the facility providing supervised field experience.

The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained. Students are expected to progress through the program in the prescribed manner. Fieldwork affiliations are maintained over a wide geographical area. Students may be required to make special housing and transportation arrangements during the fieldwork phase. Students must complete all Level II fieldwork within eighteen months of successful completion of OTA didactic course work. The 2OTCC and 2OTBL curricula are delivered in five semesters.

The Penn State Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited by ACOTE which can be reached at: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-652-2682 or on the Web at

For the Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy, a minimum of 69 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GN courses.)

BIOL 129 GN(4)[1], BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], BIOL 142(1)[1], ENGL 015 GWS(3), HDFS 129 GS(3), OT 100(1), OT 101(2)[1], OT 195A(1)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
OT 103 US(3)[1], OT 105(3)[1], OT 107(3)[1] (Sem: 2-3)
KINES 013 GHA(1), OT 109(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
OT 195B(1)[1], OT 201(3)[1], OT 202(3)[1], OT 204(3)[1], OT 206(4)[1] (Sem: 4)
OT 295A(6)[1], OT 295B(6)[1] (Sem: 5)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-03-103

Review Date: 11/13/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06


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