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.
Admission Policies for Allied Health Sciences A.A.S. Degrees
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:
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 complete at least 12 credit hours of general education requirements at Chattanooga State.
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||Term Taken||Grade|
|BIOL||2010||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|PSYC||2130||Lifespan Development Psychology||3|
|Oct||Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Attend OTA Group Advising
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
|Nov||Register for next term
Apply to OTA Program through Raidernet
|Dec||Schedule OTA Observations|
|BIOL||2020||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|PHIL||1040||Introduction to Ethics (Recommended) OR Humanities Elective||3|
|Feb||Submit recommendation forms before OTA deadline|
|Mar||Meet with Success Coach or Advisor|
|April||Register for next term|
|OTAP||1110||OTA Program Orientation (required for those accepted to the program)||1|
|June||Must take this online course in summer session IF admitted to OTA Program|
|ALH||118||Terminology for Medical Communication1||2|
|OTAP||1210||Foundations of OT||2|
|OTAP||1220||OT Documentation w/Level 1A||2|
|OTAP||1340||Human Movement for Occupation||3|
|Aug||Participate in Virtual Orientation using Web-Based Conferencing Technology
Attend on-campus New OTA Student Orientation
|Oct||Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term|
|Nov||Register for next term|
|OTAP||1520||Theory and Treatment: Psych||5|
|OTAP||1240||OT Documentation w/Level 1B||2|
|OTAP||1510||Neurological Theory and Treatment||5|
|April||Register for next term|
|OTAP||2110||Level I C||1|
|Sept||Complete Application for Graduation|
|OTAP||2610||Level II A||6|
|OTAP||2620||Level II B||6|
|Feb||Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)|
|May||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit
Register for NBCOT exam to take certification exam
Apply for state licensure
Applicants are advised to complete general education requirements prior to seeking admission to the OTA program.
1Students 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