Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Applied Science
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares students for entry-level practice in the field of occupational therapy. Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of occupational therapists, help people of all ages regain, develop or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and meaningful lives.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, in conjunction with Greenville Technical College’s mission, is to offer a quality post-secondary program that is accessible and drives personal and economic growth through learning. The program faculty is committed to assisting students from diverse backgrounds in achievement of the skills, knowledge and professional behaviors necessary for successful employment as an occupational therapy assistant in a variety of health care settings. Greenville Technical College’s OTA program strives to graduate competent individuals who are able to perform as entry-level, state-licensed and nationally certified occupational therapy assistants while upholding the ethical standards and values of the profession.
Acceptable placement test score(s); plus high school diploma or GED
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
This program is designed as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes all general education and related coursework that may be completed at Greenville Technical College or any articulating college. Students who anticipate completing all Phase I courses with the appropriate grades and technical GPA are eligible to submit Weighted Admissions Form for entry into Phase II.
Phase I: Day, evening or weekend; full-time or part-time for academic course work
Phase II: Full-time or part-time day for academic coursework and full-time day for fieldwork affiliations.
Phase II of the OTA program is only available at Greenville Tech’s Benson Campus.
- Students from articulating colleges must be able to travel to and/or locate accommodations near the Benson Campus.
- Fieldwork course assignments during Phase II must be completed within 18 months of completion of academic preparation and may require students to travel and arrange temporary accommodations away from home.
Hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, home health care, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, private practice, industrial consulting and research
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) (subject to passing national exam)
- Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
https://www.aota.org/ or https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx
(301) 652-6611 Ext. 2042 FAX: (240) 762-5140
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/ota/.
Phase I requirements
- Complete Greenville Tech application.
- Submit all high school transcripts or GED and official college transcripts, if applicable.
- Achieve acceptable placement score for Phase I courses.
- Strongly recommend that students meet with a School of Health Sciences advisor to plan course progression.
Upon successful completion of all Phase I courses, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, the final five (full-time enrollment) or seven (part-time enrollment) of academic and clinical occupational therapy assistant coursework.
Phase II admission requirements
- Attend a Career Talk session for the OTA program within 2 years of admission to Phase II.
- Meet all of the requirements for Phase I.
- Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all Phase I courses and have passed all Phase I courses with a minimum grade of “C” or higher on the first or second attempt.
- OTA program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to submitting a weighted admissions form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admissions form.
- Students are selected for OTA Program Phase II admission based upon weighted admissions score. Students who complete all general education courses with the appropriate grade by the end of the fall term will be considered first. Students who complete the general education courses during the spring will be seated only when space is available. Students with the highest weighted admission score are accepted into Phase II based on space availability. Weighted admission criteria can be obtained at Career Talk session and at https://www.gvltec.edu/ota/.
After acceptance into Phase II of the OTA program
Students will be required to:
- Attend OTA Program new student orientation.
- Have a negative 10-panel drug screen.
- Complete the online preclinical orientation.
- Submit documentation of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
- Have an acceptable criminal background report. Students may be subject to more than one background check during the program based on affiliate requirements.
- Submit documentation of current physical exam and required immunizations.
- Be able to attend all fieldwork affiliations on a full-time basis during scheduled fieldwork affiliation dates.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition I*||3|
|PSY 201||General Psychology*||3|
|BIO 210||Anatomy & Physiology I*||4|
|BIO 211||Anatomy & Physiology II*||4|
|PSY 203||Human Growth and Development*||3|
|PSY 212||Abnormal Psychology*||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Algebra with Modeling 1|
|Probability and Statistics* 1|
Higher College Transferable Math
|SPC 205||Public Speaking*||3|
|or SPC 209||Interpersonal Communication|
|OTA 103||Introduction to Occupational Therapy||2|
|OTA 163||Psycho-Social Aspects of Occupational Therapy||2|
|OTA 200||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|OTA 130||Therapeutic Media I||1|
|OTA 131||Occupational Performance I||3|
|OTA 153||Clinical Applications I||5|
|OTA 203||Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 135||Therapeutic Media II||1|
|OTA 136||Occupational Performance II||3|
|OTA 140||Clinical Introduction||1|
|OTA 245||Occupational Therapy Departmental Management||2|
|OTA 253||Clinical Application II||5|
|OTA 260||Clinical V||7|
|OTA 268||Clinical VI||7|
|Total Required Credit Hours||77|