Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

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 people in general live longer and survive catastrophic illness and accidents. As a result, more people need rehabilitation services. As changes in health care continue, the need for OTAs will continue to rise.

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

OTA Admission Requirements

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is on a selective basis. Because of the academic demand of a curriculum that prepares graduates to take a national certification examination, applicants must meet certain academic standards.

Students must make an appointment (636-922-8246) with a career counselor to plan course work and to apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Students are eligible to enroll in Occupational Therapy courses when the following requirements have been met:

  • Must meet all of the college admission requirements.
  • ACT: Taken within the last five years. Beginning with entry into the program in 2013 students must obtain a composite score of 18. Can be waived if student has an Associate or Bachelor's degree.
  • GPA: Most current, 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale on at least seven hours of college work including Anatomy and Physiology I and English Composition I. Must maintain 2.0 to remain in program.
  • Grades in Science Courses: Must maintain at least a "C" in all science course work.
  • Previous Official College Transcripts: Must submit official college transcripts (hand carried not accepted) if college courses will be counted toward the degree requirements. Must complete and submit a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit.
  • SCC Assessment Tests: Must test into English Composition I (ENG 101) and MAT 098 OR take and pass ENG 096 and/or MAT 096 to initiate application process.

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 taken and passed (ENG 095, 096; MAT 095, 096) or transcripts on file for college level courses

Student selection process

Program criteria differ from general criteria for admission. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program requires GPA, taking of ACT and completion of specific course work prior to acceptance. By setting specific standards for the OTA program, the probability of student success will be higher.

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 through a counselor who advises and guides them through the process. Faculty do not meet individual students until fall semester orientation, held in the summer, preceding the start of the fall 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.

Students will be considered as active applicants only if they maintain contact with the career 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 Year Students Entering/Graduating Average Graduation Rate
2012 21/17 81%
2013 24/21 88%
2014 24/24 100%
Total 69/62 90%

The total number of graduates from St. Charles Community College Associate of Applied Science degree during the 3 year period of 2012-2014 was 69 with an overall graduation rate of 90%.

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

Curriculum Guide (PDF)

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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Contact Information

Denise Lammers,
Office Coordinator
636-922-8280
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Francie Woods,
Program Chair
636-922-8638
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8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.