Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

General Information

Thank you for your interest in the St. Charles Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) are in high demand because patients stay less time in the hospital, and in general, people live longer after surviving catastrophic illnesses and accidents. As changes in health care continue, the need for OTAs in both traditional and non-traditional setting will continue to rise.

OTAs work under the direction of a Registered Occupational Therapist and work with patients with a wide range of patients, aged newborn to elderly.

OTA Admission Requirements

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is selective. Applicants are required to meet specific admission criteria because of the academic rigor of the OTA program. This ACOTE-accredited program prepares students to test for national certification. Students completing all admission criteria may then apply for the OTA program.

Students should make an appointment (636-922-8241) with a career counselor to plan course work and to apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program once you have completed the following steps:

  1. SCC Student: Apply to SCC.
  2. Official College Transcripts: Submit official college transcripts from previously-attended colleges. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credits to Enrollment Services (ADM 1113).
  3. SCC Assessment Tests: Complete any developmental coursework you assess into (includes RDG, ENG 095/096, MAT 096/098, and ESL equivalents).
  4. GPA: Earn minimum 2.75/4.0 scale on at least 15 hours of college-level coursework
  5. Coursework: Complete English Composition I and Beginning Algebra (or equivalents) with a B or better.
    1. If you assessed out of either course, speak with an allied health counselor to determine application eligibility.

Accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

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.

Graduates can sit for 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). Many states, including Missouri, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

Note: Clinical facilities require criminal background checks, drug screenings, child abuse clearance checks, etc. in order for students to participate in fieldwork activities and rotations. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or may prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice. Students may wish to contact the program coordinator for additional information prior to enrolling in a program of study.

Information obtained through various screening procedures may prevent entry into the OTA program.

Note: All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Program requirements and policies are subject to change. The student is responsible for maintaining current information.

OTA Selection Process

Occupational Therapy Assistant Selection Process & Confirming Admission

Student applications will be processed after the following are completed and verified:

  1. Assessment test completed
  2. Any required developmental courses are taken and passed (ENG 095, 096; MAT 095, 096, 098; RDG courses) or transcripts on file for college level courses

Student selection process

Program criteria differ from general SCC admission. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program requires a 2.75 GPA and completion of specific coursework. The specific application standards set for the OTA program, are based on literature describing the ultimate goal of an increased probability of student success.

All prospective students seeking admission to the OTA program must follow the same college application procedure as outlined in the OTA Curriculum Guide. Students are not discriminated against on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, or national origin by either SCC or the OTA program. Students begin their application process with an allied health/career-technical counselor who advises and guides them through the process. Faculty does not meet individual students until OTA orientation, held in the semester preceding the start of class.

Criteria for admission to the OTA program were established by the OTA program coordinator in collaboration with the director of admissions and reviewed by the OTA Program Advisory committee, the Dean of Nursing & Allied Health, and the Vice President for Instruction. Criteria are subject to change.

Students will be considered as active applicants only if they maintain contact with the counselor at least annually. Students who do not maintain contact or who cannot be reached by the address or telephone number on record at the college will be dropped from the applicant file.

Skills

Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills

What abilities and skills do you need?

OTAs have a very physically demanding job that requires stooping, bending, lifting, coordination and flexibility. Successful OTAs also must have good interpersonal skills, be able to work with a wide variety of people, be organized and self-directed, and be team players.

Would you like this work?

Ask yourself the following questions as you consider this field.

  • Do you like to be around and work with people?
  • Do you like science?
  • Do you like the field of medicine?
  • Can you work independently with little direct supervision?
  • Do you have patience?
  • Can you wait for extended periods of time before you see results of your work?
  • Do you like to work with your hands?
  • Are you creative and a good problem solver?

If this sounds like you, you may have just found your career!

Graduate Data

Occupational Therapy Graduate Data

Graduation YearStudents Entering/GraduatingAverage Graduation Rate
2013 24/21 88%
2014 24/24 100%
2015 24/19 79%
Total 72/64 89%

The total number of graduates from St. Charles Community College Associate of Applied Science degree during the 3 year period of 2013-2015 was 64 with an overall graduation rate of 89%.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Program Purpose

Successful completion of the program at St. Charles Community College will lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S), and eligibility to sit for the national certification exam. Certification qualifies graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of workplace settings and in any state where certified OTAs may practice. Most states require licensure as well as graduation from an accredited program, in order to practice.

Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, 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. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for 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). Many states, including Missouri, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results on the NBCOTA Certification Examination.

The Missouri and Illinois Boards of Occupational Therapy as well as NBCOT may refuse licensure to applicants who may jeopardize the well being of their citizens.

Note: Some fieldwork and employment sites require criminal background checks, child abuse clearance checks, etc. in order for students to participate in fieldwork and employment activities. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or may prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice. Students may wish to contact the appropriate regulatory body for additional information PRIOR to enrolling in a program of study. Information obtained through various screening procedures may prevent entry into the OTA program.

All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

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