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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Overview

otaWhat's occupational therapy?


Occupational therapy is a health 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's 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 treatment pertinent to restorative, preventative and maintenance programs. Treatment 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 and treatment techniques and equipment and environment adaptation.

Becoming a certified OTA

Following successful completion of an accredited OTA program, the OTA 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 OTA 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.


Resources for Student Recruitment

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Professional Organizations

nbcot
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

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 raise funds for class trips and special events (such as attending the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association yearly conference). In the past students have held raffles, garage sales, and food sales. Members also participate in developing a scrapbook of memories during their time in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. 


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, P.O. Box 3122, Bethesda, MD 20824-1200 (Phone 301-652-2682 or 800-377-8555, FAX 301-652-7711, www.aota.org, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


ACOTE has granted a full 10-year accreditation of the South Arkansas Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  The next on-site evaluation is tentatively scheduled for the 2015/2016 academic year.
aota
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

NBCOT Certification Examination Results:

(2010, 2011, 2012)

Total number of program graduates   

35

Total number of first-time test-takers of the NBCOT certification exam:

35

Total number of first-time test takers who passed the NBCOT certification exam:

26

First time test –taker percentage pass rate:

74%


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Catalog

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Advisory Committee


Michael Martin, OTR/L, Chair

1098 Old Strong Highway
Strong AR  71765

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Keith Joiner, OTR/L

2600 Hinson Road
El Dorado AR  71730

 

Julie Boykin, COTA/L

4227 Lynn Drive
El Dorado AR  71730

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Keitha Davidson, RN

300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR  71730

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Sandra Pugh, OTD, OTR/L

300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR  71730

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Cindy Meyer, MS, OTR/L

300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR  71730

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Valeriano Cantu, EdD

300 S. West Avenue
El Dorado AR  71730

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Application Process

ota1The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program of South Arkansas Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1200.  AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.  Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are required to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (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.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program includes two portions: 1) prerequisite general education and related courses, and 2) OTA 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 FOUR semesters of full-time, day-time studies including both classroom studies and clinical internships.  The technical component begins with the long summer semester and concludes the following long summer session.   Clinical internships may require students to travel outside of the immediate area.


Qualifications for Admission

Prerequisite Courses Hours Grade
ENGL 1113    Composition I     
ENGL 1123    Composition II   
CSCI  1003     Computer and Information

3
3
C or better
C or better
C or better
Math  1023     College Algebra 3 C or better
SOC   2003      Intro. to Sociology    
PSYC  2003     General Psychology

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

4
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

PSYC  2203     Abnormal Psychology 3 C or better
OTA   1003     Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3 C or better

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

Selection Process

  1. Selection for the ota program is based on evaluation:
  2. Academics:  Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a C or better,  An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to graduate from the program.
  3. Completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Application and return of the acceptance form.
  4. Completion of the HOBET V with the following minimum scores:  reading 60, Math 50, Science 30, English 55.  The cost of the exam is $30.00 and students can take the exam no more than 2 times within 1 year of application.
  5. Attendance at orientation of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
  6. Completion of physical examination by a medical doctor, completion of TB testing, Hepatitis B vaccine, and completion of Healthcare provider cardio- pulmonary resuscitation.  All of these must be completed before the start date of the program.  Some fieldwork programs will require other vaccinations 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.
    1. Admission to theOccupational Therapy Assistant Program is awarded according to overall GPA, passing the HOBET exam with at least a 60 in reading, 50 in math, and 55 in english, and attendance in and successful completion of pre-requisite courses.
    2. South Arkansas Community College and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program do not discriminate in the selection of students to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Supplemental Information

  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant Program of studies:
    1. Each class of Occupational Therapy Assistant students begins with the first long summer semester of each year.
    2. The course of studies encompasses four semesters, consecutive semesters, completing with the close of the following year’s long summer semester with graduation in August of each year.
    3. Classroom, lab and clinical education experiences are scheduled for full days (up to eight hour days), Monday through Friday.  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.
    4. Clinical education experiences will require students to provide their own transportation (and lodging, if necessary) to clinical education sites outside the immediate college area.
    5. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program cannot accommodate work, family, or personal schedules.
  2. Qualified students who are not admitted during the year of application into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program shall be placed on a waiting list for future classes.  These students can be substituted for other students who cannot complete the Program up until the fist day of classes in the Program.
  3. Prior to beginning the technical portion of their studies in the spring semester, students accepted to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will be required to:
    1. Pass a medical physical examination (at personal cost to the student).
    2. Obtain their Hepatitis B Vaccine series (at personal cost to the student).
    3. Obtain a recent tuberculosis test (at personal cost to the student).
    4. Obtain proof of having had varicella by a physician or obtain a varicella vaccination (at personal cost to the student).
    5. Attend orientation session provided by the OTA faculty
    6. Complete the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation For Healthcare Providers (at the student's  expense).
    7. Pass the HOBET V exam
    8. Procure a uniform, white shoes, 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 OTA technical program, students must make a C or better in all OTA courses.  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 course work does not ensure successful completion of the courses Clinical 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.
  7. Students may need to have a criminal background check for the program.  Students having a felony in their background may not be eligible to sit for the national examination given by the NBCOT or receive licensure in Arkansas from the State Medical Board.  Each case is assessed on an individual level.
  8. Cost (Subject to change):     
    1. Please see page 38 of the current South Arkansas Community College Catalog for fees and tuition for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
    2. The Program also requires uniforms, shoes, textbooks (over the duration of the Program) $2500.
    3. Travel and lodging to clinical sites will be the responsibility of the student for all phases of the program.
    4. For a complete list of expenses for the program, please contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director.

 

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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 – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

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