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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistance

Working under the supervision of an occupational therapist, the occupational therapy assistant uses purposeful activity to aid clients with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities in functioning as independently as possible in the areas of self care, work, and leisure. Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, long term care facilities, pediatric clinics, and mental health facilities.

Fast Facts:
  • 21 months
  • Classes begin in August
  • Application Deadline: April 15
  • File Completion: May 1st
  • 18 students per class
  • Associate of Applied Science degree is obtained through academic affiliate, Pulaski Technical College
  • A portion of this curriculum may be available through web-based instruction.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:
  • Completed Application Process
  • ACT Score of 20 or above is preferred; score of 19 required
  • A BHSLR applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED prior to program start date. Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria. Interview with selection committee.
  • Preference given to those applicants who have successfully completed required general education courses
  • OTA Volunteer / Observation Form
  • View application information

PREREQS:
  • English Composition I
  • College Algebra
  • Psychology and the Human Experience

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • All Level II field work experiences must be completed within 18 months of the didactic coursework of the OTA program and prior to taking the NBCOT exam
  • A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure

AFFILIATES:
ACCREDITATION:

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

FAQs

How much does the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program cost?
The cost of the Baptist Health School of Occupational Therapy Assistant varies depending on the individual student. Please download the cost plan for estimated costs.

What if I don't make a 19 or above on the ACT?
The Baptist Health School of Occupational Therapy Assistant prefers an ACT Score of 20 or above for admission. If you do not score a 19 or above, we recommend that you re-test. Generally, students are able to increase their score with each time they take the ACT. We also recommend that you use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT.

How many days a week will I be in class?
As a student in the Baptist Health School of Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will be in class up to 5 days per week.

Do you offer night or online classes?
At this time, the Baptist Health School of Occupational Therapy Assistant does not offer classes at night or online. However, general education courses offered through Pulaski Technical College may be offered at night or online.

How much do Occupational Therapy Assistants make?
Earnings for Occupational Therapy Assistants vary greatly and depend on many factors including work setting, years of experience and geographical location. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

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