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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant
New Program Coming Fall 2017!

A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum and Admissions Information
coming soon

Curriculum Map

Program Degree Requirements

Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation 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 program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before 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, all 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.

ACOTE Candidacy Application Decision: April 2017

ACOTE Disclosure of Risk Involved Applying to a Non-Accredited Program

If Candidacy Status is granted, the approximate schedule is as follows:

Students May be Notified of Acceptance into the Program
July 2017 (Applications Due by May 31)
First Class Starts
August 2017
Initial Report of Self-Study due
July 3, 2018
ACOTE Decision on Initial Review of Self-Study
December 2018
Initial On Site Evaluation Timeframe
January-April 2018
Accreditation Decision
April 2019
First Class Begins Level II Fieldwork
January 2019
First Class Graduates
May 2019
NBCOT Certification Examination
2019

Admissions Requirements

Any student desiring to pursue an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology must:

Apply to Walters State

Meet admissions requirements, and be accepted by Walters State Community College.

Walters State Application

  • Indicate Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant as the desired major on the WSCC application form.

Advising

Follow college policy for advising prior to registration.

Computer Competency

The college requires all degree-seeking students to demonstrate computer competency either by passing an examination or by successfully completing a designated computer course (INFS 1010). Students are required to meet computer competency during the first 30 hours of coursework.

 

Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Health Programs Application Portal

Application, observation documentation and results of designated admissions test must be received by the health programs department no later than May 31 of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process for the fall semester OTA class.

Test Scores

ACT composite score of >19 or HESI A2 score of > 80% in reading, vocabulary and math are the minimum scores for ranking purposes. All test scores must be less than 3 years old.

Course Work

Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA (excluding Learning Support courses)

Complete all required Learning Support courses.

Successfully complete BIOL 2010 and 2011 and BIOL 2020 and 2021 no later than the end of spring semester of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process for fall semester OTA class. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in each required science course, with an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Biological science courses previously taken must have been completed within the last 10 years.

General education requirements are ENGL 1010, PSYC 2130, SPCH 1010, and HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS ELECTIVE. These courses may be taken after acceptance into the program, but must be completed prior to the spring semester the student intends to graduate. However, it is recommended that all general education requirements be completed no later than the end of the spring semester of the year the student makes application to the OTA program.

Students may not audit any OTA courses without the approval of the department director and the dean of Health Programs.

Observation Hours

Completion of a minimum of 30 hours observation in an occupational therapy practice divided between 2 or more settings. This observation must be under the supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

Observation Form

Observation hours must be completed during an eighteen month period preceding the May 31 application deadline. Observation and Evaluation forms should arrive at Walters State by May 31.

Immunization Requirements

Due to your potential risk for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you may be at risk of acquiring Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella (chicken pox). Health Programs students must provide documentation of complete vaccinations or titers from their healthcare provider. For varicella, students with disease history may have their healthcare provider document date of disease.

Submission Requirements

Accepted students must submit one form of documentation listed below for each disease following admission to a program.

Students who provide titers with laboratory values inconsistent with immunity are encouraged to get the vaccinations.

Student must submit documentation for medical or religious contraindications.

Hepatitis B (HBV)

  • Documentation of three (3) shot dates.
  • Titer showing immunity status to Hepatitis B.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • Documentation of two (2) shot dates.
  • Titers showing immunity status to rubella, rubeola and mumps.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

Varicella (Chicken Pox):

  • Documentation of two (2) shot dates.
  • Titer showing immunity status to varicella.
  • History of disease with date documented by health care provider.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

Exemption

A student may be exempt from immunization requirement under one of the following circumstances:

  • The vaccine is contraindicated for the individual based on guidelines established by manufacturer or Center for Disease Control
  • Physician judgment based on the individual's medical condition and history – (risk of harm outweighs benefit)
  • Religious belief or practice – (individual must provide written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury).

Selection to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Admissions Committee

Selection of each class will be made by the Admissions Committee whose membership consists of:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director
  • Faculty for the OTA program
  • Dean of Health Programs (ex officio)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio)

Student Ranking

The Admission Committee will rank each student on the basis of predetermined criteria. The criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Designated Admissions Test
  • Overall GPA in all required general education and prerequisite courses.
  • Observation experience - minimum of 30 observation hours divided between 2 settings
  • First grades received in required Biology courses
  • Interview conducted by practicing occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistants.

Additional Admission Information

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have attended another OTA program and who desire to transfer to the WSCC OTA program will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer requests should be submitted in writing to the director of the OTA program. Students must meet the same standards and criteria as others pursuing an associate of applied science degree in OTA

Science Courses

Basic science courses over 10 years old, or specific OTA courses over 5 years old may not be eligible for selection criteria.

Program Acceptance Notification

Students selected to the program for the fall semester will be notified in writing by July 15

Students notified of admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program must return the Information Packet for New Admits by the date specified on the form:

  • sign, date and return an acknowledgment of the Drug/Alcohol Abuse Policy and Consent form
  • a comprehensive health examination at the student’s expense by a physician with required lab tests and immunizations or records of immunizations.
  • Students who do not respond or who do not plan to attend will have their positions filled by other applicants based on the criteria rankings.

Students not selected for admission may reapply for a subsequent class

Contact the director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for additional information, 423-798-8183.

Academic Failures

Students who have experienced an academic failure in any healthcare program must disclose this information when they make application to the OTA program.

Students who have experienced a clinical failure in a healthcare program are not eligible for admission.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program accepts approximately 10 new students each fall semester. The number of students accepted into the program is limited. Programs with limited enrollment such as the OTA program cannot accept out-of-state residents if there are Tennessee residents eligible for admission. Contact the Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for further information.

Clinical Failures

Students who have experienced a clinical failure in a healthcare program are not eligible for admission.

Limited Enrollment

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program accepts approximately 10 new students each fall semester. The number of students accepted into the program is limited. Programs with limited enrollment such as the OTA program cannot accept out-of-state residents if there are Tennessee residents eligible for admission. Contact the Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for further information.