Occupational Therapy Assistant
What is the Occupational Therapy Assistant program?
The OTA, under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist, uses their knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages. Clients who have varying abilities resulting from physical injury or trauma, disease, aging, mental illness, or substance abuse may require Occupational Therapy intervention. Functional goals established jointly with the client are aimed toward individual self-care, entry/reentry into the community, and/or to work.
What will I learn?
Knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages.
What can I do with this course of study?
Occupational Therapy Assistant
What's special about the program?
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program prepares the student for entry into a health care/community service profession that uses a variety of activities and modalities to help individuals learn and/or re-learn daily life skills needed in order to function at their most productive and independent level. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929). ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.
The total number of graduates from St. Philip’s College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 71, with an overall graduation rate of 90%.
The Pass Rate for the Class of 2018 & 2019 is 100%
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
The national examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 and can be reached at phone: 301-990-7979. Additional information on NBCOT may be obtained at HTTPS://WWW.NBCOT.ORG/EN/EDUCATORS/HOME#SCHOOLPERFORMANCE
Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Cost of Attendance
Cost of OTA Program
Out of State
|International & Campus Access Fee||$156||$156|
|Textbooks and Supplies||$1,524||$1,524|
|Special Program Fees||$2,800||$2,800|
|Total Cost of Program (2 years)||$10,606||$13,492|
Published cost and fees are subject to change. Cost of Textbooks and Supplies is an estimate, a student may find the cost to be more or less.
Students electing to major in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department. Students must also complete and submit the separate Health Sciences Department Application Form and ALL supporting documents. See the Admission Guidelines, OTA Application Checklist, and OTA volunteer or Employment Verification Form.
Prerequisite courses are:
- ENGL 1301 Composition
- BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- MATH Choose one from the math core.
General Education Courses to complete either before starting the program or during the summer break:
- Select one course from Humanities (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Arts (50) core
- PSCY 2301 General Psychology
NOTE: All courses must have a grade of C or higher
Courses do not have an expiration date. If Alamo Colleges accept your course then the program will accept your courses.
Completed application packets, including all supporting documents, are accepted in the Spring semester by the deadline of March 31. Applications are reviewed during the Spring semester for consideration to begin the OTA program in the following Fall semester.
After the March 31 deadline, the Selection Committee will review all complete application packets. Qualified applicants will receive a notification to attend a meeting with OTA faculty that furthers the selection process. This session will provide more specific information about the program, expectations if accepted into the program, and completion of an interview and writing sample.
A completed application includes:
- ATI TEAS score page with a minimum score of 65.
- Official transcripts for all colleges attended.
- Complete the Online Shadow Module by contacting Ms. Barbara Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information about the module. Submit the worksheet with the application packet.
- One page essay explaining why you want to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.
Kathryn Freeman, OTR, MOT
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330L
|Academic Program Specialist:
Barbara Harris, COTA
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP) 308
|Educational Support Services Certified Advisor:
MLK Welcome Center (WEC)