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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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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
2019   10/9  90%
2018   11/11  100%
2017   18/15  83%
Total   39/35  90%

Reporting periods as follows:
Graduating Year 2017: Cohort start Program in Summer 2016 and finish in Summer 2017.
Graduating Year 2018: Cohort start Program in Summer 2017 and finish in Fall 2018.
Graduating Year 2019: Cohort start Program in Summer 2018 and finish in Fall 2019.

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). ACOTE is located at: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. (Phone 301-652-6611, 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.

Compliance with USDE Final Rule §668.43(a)(5)(v)

The occupational therapy assistant program currently meets the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requirements, and as such, fulfills the educational requirements for professional license or certification for employment as an occupational therapy assistant in all the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Further information is available from ACOTE at: https://acoteonline.org/about/

Cost Of Attendance

(all costs in U.S. dollars)

Current Cost

OTA Program 2019 Summer

OTA Program 2019 Fall

OTA Program 2020 Spring

OTA Program 2020

Summer

OTA Program 2020 Fall

Total Cost of Program (7 Semesters 2018-2020)

In District Tuition

504

1,092

1,176

504

672

7,224

Out of District Tuition

582

1,261

1,358

582

776

8,342

Out of State Tuition

1,032

2,236

2,408

1,032

1,376

14,792

Student Fees

471

915

964

666

503

4,713

Books & Supplies

1,741

1,218

318

491

318

6,122

Transportation

330

660

660

330

660

3,960

Loan Fees

 

35

35

 

40

170

Distance Ed Fees:
If 36 credits of pre-requisites tken through Distance Ed, Fees are up to:

         

1,008

Total for In-District Tuition

         

With up to 36 credits of Distance Ed:

23,197

Without Distance Ed:

22,189

Total for Out-of-District Tuition

         

With up to 36 credits of Distance Ed:

24,315

Without Distance Ed:

23,307

Total for Out-of-State Tuition

         

With up to 36 credits of Distance Ed:

30,757

Without Distance Ed:

29,757

All costs are as of 08/11/2020 and are subject to change, including distance education fees.

 

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