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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.

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:

  1. Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the general education courses included in the OTA degree plan.  Required science courses older than 5 years at time of program admission will not be considered. 
  2. Submit a recommendation from a supervisor for ONE of the following options:
    Complete 8 hours of OT observation (may be either in-person/face-to-face OR observations of OT services delivered through telehealth technology)
    Complete 8 hours of volunteer work for any group/agency/organization (the work may be either in-person/face-to-face OR remote)
    See instructions in Admission Packet document located under the Admission Requirements tab on the OTA webpage for how to submit the recommendation form.
  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.

Program enrollment for 2021 will decrease by 33% from 2020. The program will not be considering applicants from the East TN Alliance as a separate applicant pool in 2021. All applicants who meet minimum eligibility and qualifications will be considered for admission and offers of admission will be based solely on application point ranking following the interview process. The OTAP enrollment for the class of 2021-2023 will be capped at 20.

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 Lifespan Development Psychology 3
Action Items    
  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  
1st Spring   Hours
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYC 2230 Abnormal Psychology 3
PHIL 1040 Introduction to Ethics (Recommended) OR Humanities Elective 3
Action Items    
  Feb Submit recommendation forms before OTA deadline  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
OTAP 1110 OTA Program Orientation (required for those accepted to the program) 1
Action Items    
  June Must take this online course in summer session IF admitted to OTA Program  
  Aug Attend on-campus New OTA Student Orientation  
2nd Fall   Hours
ALHS 1211 Terminology for Medical Communication1 2
OTAP 1210 Foundations of OT 2
OTAP 1320 Exploring Occupations 3
OTAP 1220 OT Documentation w/Level 1A 2
OTAP 1340 Human Movement for Occupation 3
Action Items    
  Oct Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
OTAP 1520 Theory and Treatment: Psych 5
OTAP 1240 OT Documentation w/Level 1B 2
OTAP 1510 Neurological Theory and Treatment 5
Action Items    
  April Register for next term  
3rd Fall   Hours
OTAP 2510 Physical Dysfunction 5
OTAP 2220 Practice Management 2
OTAP 2520 Pediatrics 5
OTAP 2110 Level I C 1
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Application for Graduation  
3rd Spring   Hours
OTAP 2610 Level II A 6
OTAP 2620 Level II B 6
Action Items    
  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

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