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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program prepares the student for entry into a health care/community service profession that uses a variety of activities and modalities to help individuals learn and/or re-learn daily life skills needed in order to function at their most productive and independent level.

The OTA, under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist, uses their knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages. Clients who have a varying abilities resulting from physical injury or trauma, disease, aging, mental illness or substance abuse may require Occupational Therapy intervention. Functional goals established jointly with the client are aimed toward individual self-care, entry/reentry into the community and/or to work.

Activities employed may take many forms but might include activities as basic as daily tasks of bathing, dressing and cooking, or may be as complex as the use of computer assisted communication or work .

Program Topics

Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest

These web sites represent only a partial list of professional organizations and regulating bodies having to do with the field of Occupational Therapy in Texas.

  • The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) - The organization that represents the interest of the profession of Occupational Therapy on a national level. They regulate the educational standards and accredit all universities and schools offering programs to become an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant in the United States. This process is under the auspices of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The AOTA offers a wide variety of Continuing Education programs throughout the US.
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (TOTA) - The state association representing Texas Occupational therapists in matters concerning legislation relative to the profession and consumers of our services. They offer a variety of continuing legislation relative to the profession and consumers of our services. They offer a variety of continuing educational opportunities throughout the year, including the Mountain Central Conference held in the Fall.
  • Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners - You must apply for license as an Occupational Therapist or an Occupational Therapy Assistant with this agency following graduation from an accredited program in Occupational Therapy Assistant with this agency following graduation from an accredited program in Occupational Therapy and having successfully passed the national certification examination in order to practice in the state of Texas. That includes using any title or terminology implying that you are an Occupational Therapist or that you provide Occupational Therapy in any way.
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) - The certification examinations for both the Occupational Therapist and the Occupational Therapy Assistant given by this organization following graduation from an accredited program. Passing scores on the examination are accepted by the state of Texas for a license to practice Occupational Therapy. 
  • 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.

We hope the following web sites are of interest to potential students, therapists and consumers of Occupational Therapy services. We will update this page periodically. Please feel free to let us know of other sites that we might look at to include.

  • OT Advantage - Free social networking site for OT practitioners, students, and educators, with online courses and practice certification examination information, treatment articles, blogs, and resources.
  • Advance Magazine for OT - Free print and online magazine with occupational therapy related articles, blogs, columns, continuing education seminars, and job information.
  • Occupational Therapy Net - COTA jobs, license, schools, resources, and more.
  • Promote OT - Free videos, client stories, and general information from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • 2011 OTA Student-Fieldwork Educator Handbook - This handbook contains information for students enrolled in the OTA program.

Faculty and Staff

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program faculty are dedicated and licensed professionals. Each faculty member has graduated from an accredited program and has clinical experience in various areas. Contact information for each faculty member is provided below.

Kathryn Freeman, OT, MOT
Instructor, Program Director
Email: kfreeman24@alamo.edu
Phone: 210-486-2421
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330L 

Edward Gayden, BA, COTA
Instructor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Email: Egayden@alamo.edu
Phone: 210-486-2432
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330M

Dr. Yvette Woods, PhD, OTR/L
Instructor
Email: ywoods3@alamo.edu
Phone: 210-486-2041
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330B

 

Program Accreditation and Licensure

Program Accreditation & Graduate Statistics: 

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited 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. Graduates of the program 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.

The program is currently fully accredited. Access program data results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Year start/graduate

Number Started

Number graduated in average of 24 months

Number  graduates employed within 6 months

Percentage of graduates employed within 6 months

2009/2011

24

 19 

 17 

89%

2010/2012

24 21

19

90%

2011/2013

26 23 21 91%

Total 3-year

74

63

57

90%

 

National Certification: 

Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are then eligible to take the national examination to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). The national examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 and can be reached at phone: 301-990-7979. Additional information NBCOT may be obtained at http://www.nbcot.org

 Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

 Year

Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

2011

 19 

 18 

 15 

 83%

2012

22

22

21

95%

2013 23 23 23 100%

Total 3-year

63

63

 59

 94% 

 

State Licensure: 

A practitioner may not work in the State of Texas without a license. Once nationally certified, the individual is eligible to apply to the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE) for a license to practice in the State of Texas. The TBOTE is located at 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-510, Austin, TX 78701-3942, and can be reached at 512-305-6900. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.ecptote.state.tx.us

Graduation, certification and licensure are separate mechanisms and are the responsibility of the individual student.

Legal Considerations: 

Enrollment into the Allied Health Programs by students with felony or misdemeanor convictions could result in denial of licensure or certification. These students would not be eligible for admission into the program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure and certification board. A copy of the proof of eligibility for licensure and certification must be provided with the program application.

Required Certification Documentation: applicant will review the NBCOT Early Determination Review. Depending on the situation, an applicant will either 1) include a signed statement that they have read all information concerning the Early Determination Review and a copy the applicant’s responses to the “Character Questions” or 2) include a copy of the NBCOT document with results of the early determination review.

Required Texas Licensure Documentation: applicant will include a copy of the results from the Executive Council of Occupational Therapy Examiners “Criminal History Evaluation Letter” with the application to the program.

Completion of the application criteria does not guarantee program selection or admission.

 

Admission and Prerequisite Requirements

Students electing to major in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Allied Health Department. Students must also complete and submit the separate Allied Health Department Application Form and ALL supporting documents. See the Quick Reference Checklist, Admission Guidelines and Application Form.

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.

Prerequisite courses are:

  • ENGL 1301 Composition
  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • MATH (Choose one): MATH 1314, MATH 1324, or MATH 1333

General Education Courses to complete either before starting the program or during the summer break:

  • Select one course from Humanities (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Arts (50) core
  • PSYC (Choose one): PSCY 2301, PSCY 2302, PSCY 2315, or PSCY 2319

NOTE: All courses must have a grade of C or higher

 

Application and Selection Process

Completed application packets, including all supporting documents, are accepted in the Spring semester by the deadline of March 31. Applications are reviewed during the Spring semester for consideration to begin the OTA program in the following Fall semester. 

Only applicants with complete application packets will be considered. Complete application packet should include the following:

  • Submit completed Allied Health Department Application Form and Checklist.
  • Official copies of all college transcripts, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA
  • If completed, include documentation of volunteer or employment in medical setting. This may be a record of volunteer hours or other confirmation of hours on a company letterhead
  • Complete the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) standardized exam. The TEAS V is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the allied health field. This test measures the three most basic, but important, education skill sets needed for an allied health occupation. The TEAS V exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS V exam are those which allied health educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of allied health students.
  • The cost of the exam is $70.00.  
    • Review materials are available from ATI Allied Health   
    • Click here to register for the TEAS V exam.
    • Dates of the exam are provided in the TEAS V registration process.

Selection Process     

After the March 31 deadline, the Selection Committee will review all application packets. Qualified applicants will receive notification to attend a meeting with OTA faculty that furthers the selection process. This session will provide more specific information about the program, expectations if accepted into the program, and completion of a handwritten sample. Selection criteria include the following:

Selection Criteria Maximum Points Percentage Formula
Handwritten Sample @Orientation Session
(Spelling, neatness, legibility, structural quality of sentences)
20 30%
TEAS V Standardized exam 100 30%
Prerequisite courses-ENGL 1301, BIOL 2401 & 2402 & MATH
(A=4, B=3, C=2; repeated course grades will be averaged
16 25%
Overall GPA (minimum of 2.5 required) 4 10%
Complete, Legible Application Packet 10 5%
Bonus Points Maximum Points
Humanities or Visual & Performing Arts Course 3
Psychology Course 3
Medical setting work/volunteer experience 3
Completed bachelor degree 3
Completed associate degree 2
One medical terminology course 3
Any AHA BLS Health Care Provider certification 2

NOTE: All courses must have a grade of C or higher

Maximum total points = 117

Final Applicant Selection

Following the Orientation Session, each student is then ranked according to their overall score. The OTA Selection Committee will subsequently select the 24 highest ranked applicants. All qualified applicants will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance. All selectees will be required to attend an orientation session in the summer.

The College, the Allied Health Department, and the OTA Program are not responsible for any misinterpretation of the above processes for admission and selection.

Acceptance into the OTA program is conditional until the student passes a mandatory criminal background check and a drug screen (at the student’s expense). Additional information and required forms will be sent to those students who are accepted into the OTA program. Before beginning the clinical rotations, students must complete mandatory immunizations and will be required to carry health insurance during those semesters. A list of required immunizations can be found on the Allied Health Department application.

Enrollment into the Allied Health Programs by students with felony convictions could result in denial of licensure or certification. These students would not be eligible for admission into the program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure and certification board. A copy of the proof of eligibility for licensure and certification must be provided with the program application.

Required Certification Documentation: applicant will review the NBCOT Early Determination Review. Depending on the situation, an applicant will either 1) include a signed statement that they have read all information concerning the Early Determination Review and a copy the applicant’s responses to the “Character Questions” or 2) include a copy of the NBCOT document with results of the early determination review.

Required Texas Licensure Documentation: applicant will include a copy of the results from the Executive Council of Occupational Therapy Examiners “Criminal History Evaluation Letter” with the application to the program.

Completion of the application criteria does not guarantee program selection or admission.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Kathryn Freeman, OT, MOT
kfreeman24@alamo.edu 

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 330L

Phone:
210-486-2421