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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Description:

The Occupational Therapy Program (OTA) is designed to train students to implement treatment procedures, under the supervision of an occupational therapist, for clients of any age with limitations in physical, mental, emotional or developmental abilities. The ultimate goal is to improve the client’s quality of life and independence.

Apply for Competitive Admission:

The OTA program is a competitive progression program. Admission to the college allows the student to take pre-requisite courses required for the program. In order to progress, specific criteria must be met to achieve the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the OCTA courses. These criteria include:

  • Completion of the prerequisite/progression courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Attendance of mandatory advisement sessions

Accreditation Information:

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 208924-1220 (301-652-2685). (www.acoteonline.org) Graduates of the OTA Program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for certification as an OTA. (www.nbcot.org) Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) are then eligible to apply for state licenses.

Graduate Information:

COTAs are frequently employed by skilled nursing facilities, acute hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric clinics, vocational rehabilitation centers and may also be found in private practice sites. Of our 2010 graduate COTAs, all are currently working in the field of occupational therapy.

NBCOT Certification Examination Pass Rates:

The 2011 ACOTE Accreditation standards look at the number of graduates passing the certification examination within a year of graduation. Under this standard in 2013, the yearly pass rate for 2013 was 100%. Please feel free to access this data at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Under the 2006 ACOTE standards, an average of the 3 most recent reporting years of students passing the certification exam on the first attempt is as follows:

Year # of 1st time test takers # of 1st time test takers who passed the exam % of 1st time time test takers who passed the exam
2010 8 7 88%
2011 21 15 71%
2012 24 13 54%
Total 3-year 53 35 66%


Program Advisors Contact Information

Jessica Shine
Academic Advisor
for Allied Health Sciences and Nursing

706-771-4825

jshine@augustatech.edu

 
Program Director
 

Barbara Banning, M.Ed., OTR/L

706-771-4188

bbanning@augustatech.edu

 
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
 

Pauline Flicek, OTR/L

706-771-4177

pflicek@augustatech.edu

Curriculum Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
 
RECOMMENDED PRE-REQUISITES SEQUENCE
FALL SEMESTER: (12 credit hours)
ALHS 1090 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
ENGL 1101 COMPOSITON/RHETORIC
MATH 1111 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
BIOL 2113 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
BIOL 2113L ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LAB
 
SPRING SEMESTER: (13 credit hours)
BIOL 2114 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
BIOL 2114L ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
PSYC 1101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
SPCH 1101 PUBLIC SPEAKING
ENGL 2130 AMERICAN LITERATURE (or)
HUMN 1101 INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES (or)
ARTS 1101 ART APPRECIATION (or)
MUSC 1101 MUSIC APPRECIATION
 
SUMMER SEMESTER: Students are evaluated and selected for progression during this term.
 
SEQUENCE FOR OCTA PROGRESSION COURSES
FALL SEMESTER I: (15 credit hours)
OCTA 1010 INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
OCTA 1040 CONDITIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
SOCI 1101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
COMP 1000 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS
PSYC 2250 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
 
SPRING SEMESTER I: (17 credit hours)
OCTA 1020 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
OCTA 1030 DEVELOPMENTAL MEDIA
OCTA 1050 ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT
OCTA 2010 PSYCHOSOCIAL DYSFUNCTION
OCTA 2020 PSYCHOSOCIAL DYSFUNCTION
 
SUMMER SEMESTER I: (7 credit hours)
OCTA 2060 PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION
OCTA 2070 PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION TREATMENT METHODS
 
FALL SEMESTER II: (14 credit hours)
OCTA 2040 PEDIATRIC ISSUES
OCTA 2090 GERIATRIC ISSUES
OCTA 2120 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRENDS AND ISSUES
OCTA 2130 THERALPEUTIC ADAPTATIONS
 
SPRING SEMESTER II (16 credit hours)
OCTA 2210 LEVEL II FIELDWORK –A
OCTA 2220 LEVEL II FIELDWORK-B

The OTA Program requires clinical as well as academic studies. The program cannot guarantee that clinical assignments will be in the Augusta Metropolitan area. It is an academic and physically rigorous program. Health clearance, background/drug checks and CPR certification are required. Select clinical sites may require additional security clearance.

For Additional Information:
American Occupational Therapy Association
Georgia Occupational Therapy Association