Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Download the OTA BrochureWhat is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health care profession designed to help people regain and build skills that are important for performance of every-day activities. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social, or emotional issues, need specialized assistance in learning skills that enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

What is an occupational therapy assistant?

A licensed occupational therapy assistant provides services to individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental delays, the aging process, poverty, cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social issues. Under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistants will administer intervention pertinent to restorative, preventative and maintenance programs.  Interventions approaches include, but are not limited to, activities of daily living training, therapeutic activities, orthotics (splints and braces) fabrication, specialized technique implementation, therapeutic (physical or psychological) group activities, adaptation of equipment, compensatory and intervention techniques and adaptive equipment, and environment adaptation.

Becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant

Following successful completion of an accredited occupational therapy assistant program, the occupational therapy assistant must pass the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. Having passed the national exam, the COTA will be governed by licensure laws of the state in which he or she practices. Arkansas requires licensure to practice occupational therapy.

Our occupational therapy assistant program

Prerequisites for acceptance are English Composition I and II, College Algebra, General Psychology, Computer Science, Introduction to Sociology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Kinesiology and Introduction to Occupational Therapy. Applicants must make a C grade or better in all courses for consideration. For a complete list of courses, see the college catalog.  The AAS in OTA is part of an Articulation Agreement with the University of Louisiana-Monroe toward transfer and additional degree completion of a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Healthcare Management/Marketing [DLHS]). Please contact the SouthArk Transfer Advisor for more information.

The AAS in OTA is part of an Articulation Agreement with the University of Louisiana-Monroe toward transfer and additional degree completion of a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Healthcare Management/Marketing [DLHS]). Please contact the SouthArk Transfer Advisor for more information.

 Download the OTA Fieldwork Level 2 Manual

Mission

We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning; individual differences;
applying knowledge in any professional environment; a lifelong professional career of service; and preparing the student for a lifelong pursuit of best clinical practice.

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HIPAA Exams provides the Occupational Therapy Assistant students with compliance testing materials.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates for Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree
(does not indicate pass rate for national certification examination)

 Graduating Year   Number of Graduates for Degree
(Students Entering/Graduating)
 Graduation Rates from Program
2017   18/15  83%
2016   16/15  93%
 2015   14/12  85%
Total   48/42  87%

Graduation Rates Reporting Period(s) as follows:

For Student Cohorts prior to the 2017-2018 Student Cohort: Year indicates Calendar Year which is January 1 - December 31. (Graduating Year: 2017, 2016, 2015)

For Student Cohorts beginning with the 2017-2018 Student Cohort: Year indicates Academic Reporting Year which is: August (End of Summer Terms) through Spring (End of Term). (Graduating Year: 2018 and after)

National Examination Pass Rates

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National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

National Certification examination pass rates for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program can be found on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy: School Performance Data website at https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance.

Graduation Rates and National Examination Pass Rate information provided as required by accrediting agency.

Accreditation

The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 (Phone 301-652-6611 Ext. 2914, FAX 240-762-5140), www.acoteonline.orgwww.aota.org.

ACOTE has granted a 7-year accreditation of the South Arkansas Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  The next on-site evaluation is tentatively scheduled for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Application Process
Advisory Committee
Professional Organizations
Professional License Requirement Notification

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