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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.

General Education Requirements.1

BIOL 2010, 2020 Anatomy and Physiology I, II 4, 4
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
PSYC 2230 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Psychology 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Group Total 20
First Year    
ALH 118 Terminology for Medical Communication2 2
OTA 102 Intro to Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 107 Therapeutic Activities 3
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
Second Year    
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: March 31

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 should follow the TN Transfer Pathway in Pre-Occupational Therapy

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