What is occupational therapy?

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Occupational therapy is a health care profession designed to help people regain and build skills that are important for performance of every-day activities. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social, or emotional issues, need specialized assistance in learning skills that enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

What is an occupational therapy assistant?

A licensed occupational therapy assistant provides services to individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental delays, the aging process, poverty, cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social issues. Under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistants will administer intervention pertinent to restorative, preventative and maintenance programs.  Interventions approaches include, but are not limited to, activities of daily living training, therapeutic activities, orthotics (splints and braces) fabrication, specialized technique implementation, therapeutic (physical or psychological) group activities, adaptation of equipment, compensatory and intervention techniques and adaptive equipment, and environment adaptation.

Becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant

Following successful completion of an accredited occupational therapy assistant program, the occupational therapy assistant must pass the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. Having passed the national exam, the COTA will be governed by licensure laws of the state in which he or she practices. Arkansas requires licensure to practice occupational therapy.

Our occupational therapy assistant program

Prerequisites for acceptance are English Composition I and II, College Algebra, General Psychology, Computer Science, Introduction to Sociology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Kinesiology and Introduction to Occupational Therapy. Applicants must make a C grade or better in all courses for consideration. For a complete list of courses, see the college catalog.

Mission

We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning; individual differences;
applying knowledge in any professional environment; a lifelong professional career of service; and preparing the student for a lifelong pursuit of best clinical practice.

Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Checklist    

South Arkansas Community College
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates for Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree
(does not indicate pass rate for national certification examination)

 Graduating Year   Number of Graduates for Degree
(Students Entering/Graduating)
 Graduation Rates from Program
2016   16/15  93%
 2015   14/12  85%
 2014   17/12  71%
Total   47/39  82%

Graduation Rates Reporting Period(s) as follows:

For Student Cohorts prior to the 2017-2018 Student Cohort: Year indicates Calendar Year which is January 1 - December 31. (Graduating Year: 2017, 2016, 2015)

For Student Cohorts beginning with the 2017-2018 Student Cohort: Year indicates Academic Reporting Year which is: August (End of Summer Terms) through Spring (End of Term). (Graduating Year: 2018 and after)

National Examination Pass Rates

nbcot
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

National Certification examination pass rates for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program can be found on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy: School Performance Data website at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Graduation Rates and National Examination Pass Rate information provided as required by accrediting agency.

Accreditation

The 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 20814-3449 (Phone 301-652-6611 Ext. 2914, FAX 240-762-5140), www.acoteonline.orgwww.aota.org.

ACOTE has granted a 7-year accreditation of the South Arkansas Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  The next on-site evaluation is tentatively scheduled for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Associates of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science

Occupational Therapy is a dynamic profession working with people with physical, emotional, and other challenges. It is a well-paid, satisfying career where a caring professional can make a difference and help people regain independence and get back to enjoying life to its fullest.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares students to work in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program begin with general education prerequisites to prepare them for areas they will study in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Once students are accepted into the Program, they take specialized Occupational Therapy Assistant courses that prepare them to work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, and many other areas.

The Program begins with lecture courses and then adds “hands-on” learning and application of therapy skills needed to be successful in the variety of jobs.

Application packets for entry into the program are available in the Program Director’s office. Seventeen students are admitted to the program on a yearly basis.

Students successfully completing this program will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A Felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

The 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 20814-3449 (Phone 301-652-6611 Ext. 2914, FAX 301-652-1417), www.acoteonline.orgwww.aota.org.

PREREQUISITE COURSES*
COURSE SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3
CSCI 1003 Computer and Information Processing 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
PSYC 2223 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 2203 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCI 2003 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
BIOL 2304/L Kinesiology/Lab 4
OCCU 1003 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
  Pre-requisite Credit Hour Total 39
*Any substitutions to the stated academic pre-requisites must be approved by the OTA Program Director prior to application to the program.
 Information listed below is for the 2016-2017 cohort
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
OCCU 2103 Knowledge, Health, and Wellness of Disease Processes 3
OCCU 2113 Pediatrics and Occupational Therapy Interventions 3
OCCU 2203 Geriatrics and Occupational Therapy Interventions 3
OCCU 2101 Clinical Interventions Laboratory 1
Semester Total 10
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
OCCU 1404 Mental Health and Occupational Therapy Interventions  4
OCCU 1303 Group Intervention Skills 3
OCCU 1503 Occupation Intervention Analysis and Application 3
OCCU 2303 Advanced Clinical Management 3
OCCU 2201 Fieldwork Level I 1
Semester Total 14
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
OCCU 2304 Advanced Occupational Therapy Interventions 4
OCCU 2404 Physical Dysfunction and Occupational Therapy Interventions 4
OCCU 2504 Advanced Clinical Intervention Skills 4
Semester Total 12
 
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
OCCU 2514 Fieldwork Level II-A*
full-time clinical internship for 8 weeks 4
OCCU 2524 Fieldwork Level II-B*
full-time clinical internship for 8 weeks 4
Semester Total 8
Program Credit Hour Total 83

*All OTA students are required to complete Level II Fieldwork A and B within 18 months following the completion of academic preparation.

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:
Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
Phone: 870-864-7102; Fax: 866-222-8026

Application Process

Application Process for 2017

The 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 20814-3449 (Phone 301-652-6611 Ext. 2914, FAX 301-652-1417), www.acoteonline.org, www.aota.org.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program includes two portions:
1) prerequisite general education and related courses, and
2) occupational therapy assistant technical courses.

Enrollment in the technical component of occupational therapy assistant education is limited, and application must be made. The technical components of the program consist of FIVE semesters of full-time, mainly day-time studies including both classroom studies and clinical internships. Clinical internships may require students to travel outside of the immediate area.

Qualifications for Admission

Prerequisite Courses Credits Grade
ENGL 1113 Composition I     
ENGL 1123 Composition II   
CSCI  1003 Computers and Information Processing

3
3
C or better
C or better
C or better
MATH  1023 College Algebra 3 C or better
SOCI   2003      Intro. to Sociology    
PSYC  2003     General Psychology

3
C or better
C or better
PSYC  2223     Developmental Psychology   
PSYC  2203     Abnormal Psychology
BIOL  2064     Anatomy and Physiology I

3
4
C or better
C or better
C or better
BIOL  206L    Anatomy and Physiology I Lab    
BIOL  2074     Anatomy and Physiology II 4 C or better
BIOL 207L     Anatomy and Physiology II Lab    
BIOL 2304     Kinesiology 4 C or better
BIOL  230L     Kinesiology Lab    
OCCU   1003     Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3 C or better

 

**Any substitutions for the stated academic pre-requisites must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director prior to application to the program.

Selection Process
Selection for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program includes:
1. Prerequisite courses work: A) Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a C or better. If taken at another college/university and approved and accepted, and the course has separate grades for lecture and laboratory portions, the student must earn a C or better in both the lecture and laboratory portions of the course. B) Introduction to Occupational Therapy must be taken/attended (this may be for credit or already have credit for the course student must arrange with the instructor to ‘sit-in’ for all lectures [attendance requirements remain the same as if the course is taken for credit, in regard to admission consideration to the Program]) the semester of application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program or the student must be enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in the semester immediately prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Note: Excessive absences for the Introduction to Occupational Therapy course, as identified in the syllabus, will cause the student to forfeit application privileges into the Program, for that same calendar year. This is a requirement of application.

2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 for the sum of all pre-requisite courses is required for acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Sum GPA for pre-requisite courses is calculated in the same manner as the college calculates GPA (please see the college catalog for further details). If a student has earned transfer credit for demonstrating mastery of a subject area based on testing of academic knowledge or life work, as approved by the College, the course credit hours will be considered at the credit level of ‘A grade’ academic work. The Program will consider highest GPA, (as identified with Final pre-requisite course grades for the Fall semester immediately prior to the semester of application) and full completion of all other requirements, as the main mechanism toward admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

3. The minimum GPA requirement is needed at the time of application and then again at the end of Spring semester immediately preceding entrance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. If, at the end of the Spring semester, immediately preceding entrance into the Program, the requisite GPA drops below the required 3.0 an applicant's entrance status will change. An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to graduate from the program. Applicant must meet the college's requirements for admission and meet the Associate of Applied Science requirements.

4. If a pre-requisite course is take more than 1 time, the higher grade or highest grade will be the grade considered as part of the sum for the pre-requisite GPA.

5. Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses. Any substitutions must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director prior to admission into the Program and additionally approved by the Dean of Enrollment Services, in regard to graduation from the college. This must be done prior to admission into the Program.

6. Completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Form. Form is provided at an information session, of which attendance is mandatory, in order for Application to be accepted by the Program Director. Ensure all of the following items are completed and presented to the Program Director by date indicated at Professional Programs Application Deadlines (http://www.southark.edu/hns-professional-programs-application-deadlines), for the year of application. Including:
A. Completion of Understanding and Agreement Standings.
B. Copies of Official Transcripts for all colleges and universities for any previous
course work being considered as part of the pre-requisite course work.
Official Transcripts must be officially sent to the office of the Dean
of Enrollment Services.
C. Three letters of references. Letters of reference must come from these sources. No letter may come from a person who is a blood relative or relative by marriage.
1. Someone from whom you know in a vocational (paid) or non-paid (avocational/volunteer) capacity. This person may be a co-worker, manager, supervisor, team leader, or business owner.
2. Someone associated with your education. These people may be from past or current educational experiences. This person may be teacher, administrator, or staff person.
D. Personal Statement.

7. Completion of the TEAS V with the following minimum scores:
Reading 70,
Math 60,
Science 35, and
English 60.
Please contact the Testing Center for the cost to the exam. There is no limit to the number of times the exam may be taken. The exam must be taken by the end of South Arkansas Community College’s business day on March 31, 2017. Beyond earning the minimum TEAS V scores, TEAS V composite scores will be used for admission purposes in the event of selection for the final Program student position(s) if candidate(s) have identical GPA for the sum of the prerequisite courses.

8. Attendance at all Orientation sessions of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and completion of all Orientation paperwork and forms. Alternates must also attend all Orientation sessions.

9. Arkansas State Law requires college students who were born after January 1, 1957, to provide proof of two immunizations against measles and rubella. Measles and Rubella vaccines must have been received after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968. Documentation should be on record in the Enrollment Services office.

10. All of these must be completed (or begun if immunization series) before the start date of the program.
A. Completion of physical examination form by a health care provider.
B. Completion of tuberculosis (TB) screening. Student must not have active TB to attend
clinic activities. Clinic activities are a requirement of the Program.
C. Hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver – student must be aware that signing a Waiver may limit student acceptance at particular clinics, which will limit student learning and attendance, which may delay student from beginning and/or finishing Program/Clinical Site requirements).
D. Completion of Healthcare provider cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
(including infant, child, and adult). Completion of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device training.
E. Complete Basic First Aid course.
F. Varicella vaccination or provide proof by a medical provider, of having had varicella. Must complete series of vaccination if indicated by provider.
G. Completion of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccination. Tdap/Td booster per CDC
requirements.
H. Proof of 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunization. If born before
1957 proof of immunity or immunization.
I. Depending on the time of the year, clinics attendance may require students to have an
influenza and/or a pneumococcal immunization. Students should consider that
these two immunizations will be required during the Program.

11. Students previously enrolled in the South Arkansas Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and who wish re-admittance to the Program, must re-apply to the Program. Re-admittance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is never guaranteed. If re-accepted, students must re-take all courses in the Program and at that time earn acceptable passing scores for all the courses. All work must be current and work previously used in the Program will not be accepted. When students enter the Program the second time, students are on probation and the re-admittance is considered remedial (this situation is secondary to a student who withdrew or failed secondary to academic reasons). NO other personal remediation plan (Learning Contract) will be offered. Additional conditions to the remediation plan of the re-admittance to the Program may be appropriate, and specific tasks and/or conditions will be individualized, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and are done so to promote student success. If a student is re-admitted and the student did not withdraw or fail for academic reasons, the situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis regarding placement considerations in reference to other applicants for that Program year.

12. A lack of completing any item in the application process may limit a candidate's viability toward acceptance or may limit a candidate's status toward admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

13. South Arkansas Community College and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program do not unlawfully discriminate in the selection of students to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Supplemental Information
1. A. The course of studies encompasses five semesters, consecutive semesters.
B. Classroom, laboratory and clinical education experiences are scheduled for full days, Monday through Friday. Occasionally, late afternoon or early evening attendance is required. Occasionally, clinical fieldwork will require attendance on Saturday and Sunday. Some class clinical experiences will require the student to be out of town over-night.
C. Clinical education experiences will require students to provide their own transportation (and lodging, if necessary) to clinical education sites outside the immediate college area. Travel, and other expenses, may be required for mandatory clinical facility orientation.
D. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program cannot accommodate work, family, or personal schedules.

2. Seventeen students are admitted to the program on a yearly basis. Qualified students who are not admitted shall be placed on a waiting list. These students are considered Alternates. These students can be substituted for other students who cannot complete the Program, up until the first day of classes in the Program. The waiting list ends once the Program begins in the First Semester of the Program. Any student not accepted, in a given calendar year, who wishes to be a student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, will need to abide the next Program year Application Process requirements and complete all application materials and tasks. Any new Application Process requirements will be posted once the newly accepted students begin the First Program semester.
The Program Director will consider altering the number of students accepted on a case-by-case basis.

3. Prior to beginning the technical portion of their studies in the summer semester, students accepted to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will be required to provide the following items. All items brought to the Program Director should be photocopy of the original. All items requiring dates of occurrences and signatures of others must be fully completed. All items must be completed at personal cost to the student.
A. Pass a medical physical examination. Original must be postal mailed directly from the healthcare provider.
B. Complete all vaccinations, as stated previously.
C. Obtain a recent TB screen.
D. Attend all application and orientation sessions provided by the Occupational Therapy Assistant faculty.
E. Complete the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) For Healthcare Providers (at the student's expense). This includes CPR for infants, children, and adults; as well as use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device.
F. Complete a First Aid course which, at a minimum includes procedures for bleeding, seizures, and sprains. Copy of the signed and dated course card provided to the Program Director.
G. Pass the TEAS V exam with previously indicated scores.
H. Procure uniform items, textbooks, and supplies. There is a certain color specified for
uniform. Wait until orientation before doing this. (See the Student Handbook for
the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.)

4. In order to progress in the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical program, students must make a C or better in all Program courses, and meet individual course requirements as stated in each individual syllabus. These include, but are not limited to: 1. individual courses may have practicum requirements for intervention skills to be demonstrated at 80% and safety with skills at 100%, 2. Professional Behavior Evaluations at the end of the third and the forth semester will need to be at 80%, 3. in Fieldwork Level II the final evaluation has ethical and safety items which must be scored at 3 out 4 at Final, and 4. Successfully passing the Fieldwork Level I evaluations. Students must earn a C or better in all courses, and meet individual course requirements, each semester to pass onto the next successive semester in the Program. No course work from a previous semester may be re-applied/re-used in a subsequent semester. If a student makes below a C, they are dismissed from the program and future admission to the program is not implied after application.

5. Completion of the academic coursework does not ensure successful completion of the clinical courses of Fieldwork Level II. If, in the professional judgment of the faculty, the student is not deemed ready to enter the courses Fieldwork Level II A & B; the student will be required to successfully complete remediation and demonstrate they have the necessary skills to begin the Fieldwork Level II courses.

6. Graduation from this program does not presume or imply that the student will be certified. Certification requires successful completion of the certification examination after graduation (at personal cost to the student).

7. Some fieldwork sites will require other immunizations required before the clinical practicum. To be able to perform in the clinical facility the student will need to have the required vaccinations before starting fieldwork placement (at personal cost to the student).
8. Students may need to have a criminal background check, drug screen, fingerprint check, or other personal information/history check for the program or fieldwork site (at personal cost to the student). Personal background history may limit students' availability of fieldwork placement sites and delay students from attending fieldwork coursework. Students having a felony in their background may not be eligible to sit for the national examination given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) nor receive licensure in Arkansas from the State Medical Board. Each case is assessed on an individual level.

9. Cost (Subject to change):
A. Please see page 88 of the current South Arkansas Community College Catalog for fees
and tuition for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
B. The Program also requires uniforms, shoes, textbooks, and supplies at an estimated cost of approximately $3500.
C. Travel and lodging to clinical sites will be the responsibility of the student for all phases of the program.
D. For a complete list of expenses for the program, visit the college's Gainful Employment web page for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at: http://www.southark.co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1904&Itemid=1313&lang=en

10. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will comply with all federal requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C.§1681 et seq regarding admission or re-admission.

11. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will comply with all ADA reasonable accommodations approved by the College regarding completing the application process and application paperwork

Application Deadlines

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • All basic studies requirements.
  • All prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2018
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 6, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2018
Summer Semester

Friday
February 2, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

August 2017
Fall Semester

Friday
June 2, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN-to-RN

January 2018
Spring Semester

August 31, 2017
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester 
2017

June 15, 2017

OTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 31, 2017

PTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 1, 2017

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2017

 March 27, 2017

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2016

  July 20, 2016

Respiratory Therapy

Fall Semster
2017

June 30, 2017

Coding - HIT

August 2017

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Fall Semester
2017

Applications Available Until Filled

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Michael Martin, OTR/L, Chair

1098 Old Strong Highway
Strong, AR 71765

Julie Boykin, BGS, COTA/L

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Keitha Davidson, RN, MSN

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Cindy Meyer, M.Ed., MSCPM, OTR/L, OTA/Retired

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Caroline Hammond, RN, MNSc

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Allie Alspaugh COTA/L

700 W Grove St.
El Dorado, AR 71730

Tabatha Jerry COTA/ L

6650 Moro Bay HWY
El Dorado, AR 71730

Lauren Johnson MOT, OTR/ L

214 Hope Landing
El Dorado, AR 71730

Sarah Saffold MS, OTR/L

6650 Moro Bay HWY
El Dorado, AR 71730

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

arota

Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association

aota
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

Omega Theta Alpha (OTA) is the student club for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.  This club offers students an opportunity to work together to assist pre-program students and provide service to community members.  Members also participate in developing a scrapbook of memories during their time in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. 

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