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:
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, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 208924-3449. Telephone Number: (301) 652-2685, Fax Number: (301) 652-1417, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web Address: 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.
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|
Program Advisors Contact Information
Barbara Banning, M.Ed., OTR/L
|Academic Fieldwork Coordinator|
Pauline Flicek, OTR/L
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|RECOMMENDED PRE-REQUISITES SEQUENCE|
|FALL SEMESTER: (12 credit hours)|
|ALHS||1090||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES|
|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|
|ENGL||2130||AMERICAN LITERATURE (or)|
|HUMN||1101||INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES (or)|
|ARTS||1101||ART APPRECIATION (or)|
|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|
|SPRING SEMESTER I: (17 credit hours)|
|OCTA||1020||GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT|
|OCTA||1050||ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT|
|SUMMER SEMESTER I: (7 credit hours)|
|OCTA||2070||PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION TREATMENT METHODS|
|FALL SEMESTER II: (14 credit hours)|
|OCTA||2120||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRENDS AND ISSUES|
|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.
Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in a field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. NBCOT now offers the opportunity for prospective students to complete an Early Determination and Character Review (nbcot.org) if in doubt.