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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is an intensive 5 semester program designed to provide the student with the technical education required to sit for the National Occupational Therapy Assistant Certification Examination. Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist.  Duties of an occupational therapy assistant include instructing patients in exercises and activities of daily living; administering therapeutic modalities, utilization of assistive equipment, and other patient care procedures; communicat­ing with patients, families, caregivers, physicians, and other health care workers; and documenting the patients’ status.  Licensed occupational therapy assistants find employment opportunities in such settings as hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, school systems, mental health facilities, and private practices.
Persons with a felony conviction are eligible for licensure based on terms and conditions of the state in which they intend to apply.

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Total Associate Hours: 76
Hover over class names to see class descriptions and prerequisite information 

First Semester - Spring

Number

Title

Hours

ENGL 101

Composition

3

PSYC 103

General Psychology

3

BIOL 231

Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 233L

Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab)

1

MATH 101 or higher

General Mathematics

3

COSC 101 or BUSN 130

Microsoft Office Applications or Microsoft Word & Internet

3

 

Total

16

 

Second Semester - Fall

Number

Title

Hours

ENGL 102

Research

3

BIOL 232

Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 234L

Anatomy & Physiology II (Lab)

1

BIOL 205

Kinesiology

3

BIOL 206L

Kinesiology Lab

1

PSYC 210

Life Span Human Development

3

MAST 105

Medical Terminology

3

 

Total

17

 

Third Semester - Spring (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hours

OTHA 200

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

2

OTHA 202

Therapeutic Techniques

2

OTHA 204

Occupational Therapy Process

3

OTHA 206

Clinical Conditions and Terminology

3

OTHA 208

Theory of Physical Rehabilitation

3

OTHA 210

Level I Fieldwork I

2

 

Total

15

 

Fourth Semester - Fall (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hours

OTHA 212

Therapeutic Interventions (Peds)

3

OTHA 214

Community and Psychosocial

3

OTHA 216

Professional Management

3

OTHA 218

Occupational Therapy Practice and Adaptations

3

OTHA 220

Activity Analysis

2

OTHA 222

Level I Fieldwork II

2

 

Total

16

 

Fifth Semester - Spring (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hours

OTHA 224

Level II Fieldwork I

5

OTHA 228

Capstone Seminar

2

OTHA 226

Level II Fieldwork II

5

 

Total

12

 

Pre-Requisite Totals

33

Technical Course totals

43

Total Credits Required for Degree

76

Evaluation Sheet

2014-2015

Program Faculty

Brenda G. Hambric, MOT, OTR/L Amy Wix, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director, Instructor   Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Instructor
Office:  304-929-3320 Office:  304-929-1040
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Please contact Tamara Rahal, Administrative Assistant at 304-929-3324 for an advising appointment.

Program Application and Admission

The occupational therapy assistant program is selected enrollment, meaning that students must apply to and be accepted before enrolling in any course with an OTHA prefix.  Acceptance to New River and meeting the program application requirements do not guarantee admission.  Potential students will undergo an interview process and written essay to establish their rapport with staff and writing skills.

When applying to the program, students must have completed or be enrolled in the program’s 33 semester hours of prerequisites with all completed courses graded C or better and an overall GPA of 2.50 for all college-level work.  All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the traditional fall semester to be considered for the entering of the spring class.  The application process also includes submission of an OTA program application, documentation of at least 8 volunteer hours under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist or certified occupational therapy assistant. All program application materials are due to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and must be hand delivered or mailed and postmarked on or before October 31st of the prior year in which applying to the program.  E-mailed or faxed information will not be considered for application into the program.

Students must take all courses with an OTHA prefix in sequence, with a minimum grade of C in all courses while maintaining a 2.50 GPA in program coursework. The program’s pass mark is 70 percent.  The program includes a series of four academic fieldwork experiences.  Students are required to work during the program to become a competent entry-level occupational therapy assistant.  Expenses, including travel, food and housing are the responsibility of the student days and hours of operation of their assigned facility.  The primary purpose of the clinical experiences is to ensure that each student gains the variety of experience required.

The program includes a series of two off-campus academic fieldwork experiences.  Students are required to work during the days and hours of operation of their assigned facility.  Every effort is made to place students in facilities that disrupt their domestic arrangements as little as possible, but the primary purpose of the academic fieldwork experiences is to ensure that each student gains the variety of experience required to become a competent entry-level occupational therapy assistant.  Expenses, including travel, food, and housing (if necessary), are the responsibility of the student.

Forms and Information

Application for Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Spring 2015
Estimated Program Cost
Volunteer Reference Form

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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.ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its 

Web address is www.acoteonline.org

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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