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 program must:
Up to twenty (20) students are typically admitted to the traditioanl 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 many states. Tennessee requires licensure in order to practice.
NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination.
Roane State Community College's 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, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (301) 652-AOTA.
General Education Requirements.1
|BIOL||2010, 2020||Anatomy and Physiology I, II||4, 4|
|ALH||118||Terminology for Medical Communication2||2|
|OTA||102||Intro to Occupational Therapy||2|
|OTA||110||Theory & Treatment of Psychosocial Dysfunction||5|
|OTA||115||Level I Psychosocial Fieldwork||2|
|OTA||117||Neurological Theory & Treatment||5|
|OTA||121||Level I Physical Disability Fieldwork||2|
|OTA||124||Human Movement for Occupation||3|
|First Year Total||24|
|OTA||210||Theory & Treatment of Physical Dysfunction||5|
|OTA||212||Occupational Therapy Practice Management||2|
|OTA||216||Pediatric Theory and Treatment||5|
|OTA||221||Level II Fieldwork - Placement 1||6|
|OTA||226||Level II Fieldwork - Placement 2||6|
|Second Year Total||24|
|OTA||227||Optional Level II Fieldwork|
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: May 15
This program is designed for students who plan to enter and work in the field 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 are encouraged to work with an academic advisor.