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

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