Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Occupational Therapy Assistant began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment is expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program has been able to send most of the current Level II students to their clinical assignments. Those students that have been displaced due to clinic closure will be placed as soon as the clinics reopen and accept the students again. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  The OTA program is following the recommendations by ACOTE to help students complete their Level II fieldwork hours in Spring 2020.

Level I fieldwork students have continued with their education through simulation cases with faculty supervision.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

Level II required skills check-off is determined through the Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE). Level I required skills check-off has either been completed in the first 8 weeks of the semester or will be completed virtually. Advanced skills will be addressed in the Fall 2020 courses.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete in this semester?

Students will earn their grades according to the course syllabus. In the event a Level II student is not able to complete the required weeks, then a grade of “I” or incomplete will be used to allow additional time to complete the course.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

The OTA program is able to offer a credit/non-credit options. However, the faculty advisor the student that plans to pursue the OTR bridge or OT doctorate program, consider taking the letter grade for their future education goals.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

The OTA program does not offer summer courses.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact Kathryn Freeman, Program Director at kfreeman24@alamo.edu

NOTICE TO INTERESTED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

1) Are applications still being accepted?

No.  Students that have completed the BIOL, ENG, & math by Fall 2019 and have a TEAS exam may contact the Program Director at kfreeman24@alamo.edu for application instructions. The next application due date is March 31, 2021, to begin courses in the Fall of 2021.

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

The OTA TEAS testing deadline is June 15th. Please contact the Program Director at kfreeman24@alamo.edu to see if you meet the criteria to apply.

3) What do I do if I can’t complete my physical exam and immunizations before I submit my application? Do I still need volunteer hours?

The OTA program does not require a physical exam or immunizations for the application to the program. Immunization documentation will be requested once accepted into the program. The OTA program has waived the volunteer hour requirement. It is recommended that prospective student research about occupational therapy to prepare for the interview. See the American Occupational Therapy Association webpage for more information.  AOTA.org

4) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

The OTA program looks forward to seeing the new class of students in the Fall. However, the COVID19 virus has given uncertainty. The OTA webpage will provide information as well as emails to students who will be sent regarding any changes to the Fall semester. At this time the program has no plans to postpone the start of the new cohort.

5) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Once your application is received and reviewed, you will be invited to an interview. After the interview, acceptance emails will be sent out.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact Kathryn Freeman, Program Director at kfreeman24@alamo.edu

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).
Program Accreditation, Certification and Information

Accreditation

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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG .

Program Outcomes

OTA Program Graduation Rate for each cohort per academic year. 

Graduation Year

Number of Students admitted to the cohort in the first Fall semester.

Number of students that graduated in the original cohort.

Graduation Rate

2017

26

23

88

2018

26

23

88

2019

28

25

89

Total

80

71

89

Certification 

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 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.

Learn more THECB Statutory Requirement 

 

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

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 GuidelinesOTA Application Checklist, and OTA volunteer or Employment Verification Form.

Prerequisite Requirements:

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.

 

 

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

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.

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Selection Process:

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.   

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A completed application includes:

  • ATI TEAS score page with a minimum score of 65.
  • Official transcripts for all colleges attended.
  • Volunteer hours (20) documented by the Occupational Therapy practitioner.
  • One page essay explaining why you want to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. 

Contact Information

Program Director:
Kathryn Freeman, OTR, MOT
kfreeman24@alamo.edu
210-486-2421
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330L 

Educational Support Services Certified Advisor:
Doug Gable
dgable@alamo.edu 
210-486-2799
MLK Welcome Center (WEC)