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The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is a health professional who uses purposeful activity to enhance functional abilities of individuals limited by physical injury or illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, or the aging process. The OTA works under the supervision of a occupational therapist (OT) and collaborates with others to maximize independence, prevent disability, and maintain the health of individuals who require services. Students are trained in the skills and techniques necessary to participate in assessment and treatment in accordance with the occupational therapy plan of care.

In addition to meeting the general requirements for the college and the Allied Health Sciences programs, applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program must:

  1. Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the general education courses included in the OTA degree plan.
  2. Complete eight (8) observational or volunteer hours in two (2) different practice settings and submit a recommendation form from each of the two (2) supervisors. Supervisors who complete the recommendation form must be either an OT or OTA with a minimum of one (1) year of clinical experience and may not be related to the applicant.
  3. Ensure that all application materials are received by the March 31 application deadline.
  4. If selected, participate in an interview with OTA program representatives.  Students will receive notification of the interview through their RaiderNet email.

Up to twenty (20) students are typically admitted to the traditional program.  Up to ten (10) qualified students may be admitted through the East TN Alliance.  Students seeking admission through the East TN Alliance must be a current or former student of Cleveland State or Chattanooga State Community Colleges.

The OTA curriculum includes a blend of online and hybrid courses coupled with face-to-face labs. All students are required to travel to the Oak Ridge campus one day per week for labs. Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are completed in community-based practice settings. Placement decisions are based on factors such as site availability, alignment with program philosophy, and geographic proximity to the student.

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

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 of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  Initial certification is a requirement for licensure in all states.

NOTE:  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination.

Roane State Community College's OTA 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 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (301) 652-AOTA.

1st Fall   Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology 3
PHIL 121 Elementary Ethics (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term
Attend OTA Group Advising
1st Spring   Hours
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYC 2230 Abnormal Psychology 3
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
OTAP 1110 OTA Program Orientation 1
Action Items    
  Jul Must take this online course in summer session IF admitted to OTA Program  
  Aug Attend on-campus New OTA Student Orientation  
2nd Fall   Hours
ALH 118 Terminology for Medical Communication 2
OTA 102 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 107 Therapeutic Activities 3
OTA 121 Level I Physical Disability Fieldwork 2
OTA 124 Human Movement 3
Action Items    
  Oct Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
OTA 110 Psychosocial Disabilities 5
OTA 115 Level I Psychosocial Fieldwork 2
OTA 117 Neurological Theory and Treatment 5
Action Items    
  April Register for next term  
3rd Fall   Hours
OTA 210 Theory and Treatment of Physical Dysfunction 5
OTA 212 Occupational Therapy Management 2
OTA 216 Pediatric Theory and Treatment 5
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Intent to Graduate with Faculty Advisor  
3rd Spring   Hours
OTA 221 Level II Fieldwork - Placement 1 6
OTA 226 Level II Fieldwork - Placement 2 6
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)  
  Mar Begin job search using RaiderRecruit
Follow published procedures to register for NBCOT exam and to obtain licensure

1Applicants are advised to complete general education requirements prior to seeking admission to the OTA program.

2Students who are required to take 12 credit hours for federal financial aid are advised to take ALH 118 in the first semester of the first year in the OTA program.  Note:  Completion of ALH 118 prior to admission does NOT influence admission points.

Program Application Deadline: March 31

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  It is not intended as a transfer pathway into an occupational therapy program.  Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should follow the TN Transfer Pathway in Pre-Occupational Therapy


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