Occupational Therapy

Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree

Occupational therapy professionals help people of all ages who need assistance in work, recreation and self-care activities. They work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, community settings, home health agencies, and mental health facilities.

Occupational Therapy programs are graduate level programs, requiring a bachelor's degree in order to apply. TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year pre-occupational therapy program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses. Students will earn an Associate of Arts (DTA) degree to transfer to a four-year college or university. 

Degree Program

The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities). Students who transfer will be granted junior standing upon transfer.

Prerequisites
Basic Requirements
Distribution Requirements/Electives
Career Options

 

To prepare for the Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy while in high school, students should pursue all available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Students should gain exposure to the occupational therapy profession through experience working, volunteer in or observing in occupational therapy settings.

 

Option A Degree: 90 credits

The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities).

For students who wish to major in Occupational Therapy, here is the recommended course schedule at TCC for the Associate of Arts (DTA) degree.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above, including the distribution requirements listed.
  • At least 30 applicable credits earned at Tacoma Community College.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.
  • No more than three physical education activity credits will apply toward the degree.

At least one course (five credits) must be a designated multicultural course. Approved multicultural courses are identified on the Approved Distribution Course List.

Communication Skills (10 credits)
Number Title
ENGL& 101 English Composition I
ENGL& 102 or
ENGL 103

English Composition/Speaking Skills 

Select 5 additional credits from the Communication section of the Approved Distribution Course List

 
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)
Number Title
Select 5 credits from the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List.

 

 


Requirements

HUMANITIES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Humanities section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. No more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level. No more than five credits of performance/skills course(s) can be used to satisfy this requirement.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Social Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline.

 

NATURAL SCIENCES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Natural Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. Courses must include at least 10 credits from the courses listed as Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences. Courses must include at least one laboratory course.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credits)

Select three PE activity credits. No more than three PE activity credits apply toward the degree. The following PE courses do not count as activity credits: PE 190, PE 191, PE 285, PE 292

 

Electives
Distribution Electives (12 credits)

Distribution electives must be selected from courses listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List.

Students are advised to take at least one writing intensive course (other than a written communication skills course) as part of their degree requirements and electives.

 
Other College-Level Electives (15 credits)

All elective credits must be selected from courses numbered 100 or above. PE credits cannot be used as electives.

 

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Transfer Information

The following Washington colleges and universities offer Occupational Therapy programs.

University of Washington Masters of Occupational Therapy

University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy

Eastern Washington University Department of Occupational Therapy

Recommended Class Schedule: Based on the individual transfer requirements for each of the 4-year institutions, we suggest specific class schedules.

University of Washington
University of Puget Sound
Eastern Washington University
Career Options

 

University of Washington Masters of Occupational Therapy

First Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENGL& 101
PSYC& 100
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

ENGL& 102, ENGL 103, or ENGL& 235
MATH& 146 or MATH 136
CHEM& 121
PE Activity

ANTH 101 or ANTH& 206
BIOL& 160
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

 

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

BIOL& 241
PSYC& 200
Humanities Distribution

BIOL& 242
PSYC& 220
Distribution Elective

Elective
Elective
Elective

 

University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy 

First Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENGL& 101
PSYC& 100
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103, or ENGL& 235
MATH& 146 or MATH 136
CHEM& 121
ANTHActivity

ANTH& 206 or PSYC& 220
BIOL& 160
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

 

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

BIOL& 241
PSYC& 200
Humanities Distribution

BIOL& 242
Elective
Distribution Elective

HIT 105
Elective

Elective

 

Eastern Washington University Department of Occupational Therapy

First Year 

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENGL& 101
PSYC& 100
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

ENGL& 102, ENGL 103, or ENGL& 235
MATH& 146 or MATH 136
CHEM& 121
PE Activity

SOC& 101 or ANTH& 100
BIOL& 160
Humanities Distribution
PE Activity

Some students my need to take additional prerequisite courses.

 

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

BIOL& 241
PSYC& 200
Humanities Distribution

BIOL& 242
PSYC& 220
Distribution Elective

HIT 105
Elective
Elective

 

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