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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

Associate's Degree

The Fall 2020 OTA Application Deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Radford University Carilion is the first OTA Program in Virginia, established in 1992. With over two decades of development, our program provides innovative, real world experiences.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for occupational therapy assistant is a two-year program, designed for students from all educational backgrounds. Students range in age from recent high school graduates to individuals returning to school to prepare for a second career. These differences in age and life experiences make for lively discussions in classes as we explore different roles people assume throughout their lifespan. Our small class size (average 25 students) allows for more individualized instruction and hands-on participation in the classroom.

Program Overview

Client-centered intervention is the core of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Students learn how to assist clients return to participate in activities that matter the most to them: cooking dinner for the family, getting out of bed without assistance or driving. With respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, each client’s intervention plan is unique.

What makes this program different 

  1. Extensive hands-on learning. Almost 150 hours of clinical rotations are split among mental health, pediatrics and adult/geriatrics. Students will also complete two intensive 8-week (full-time) fieldwork experiences in different settings.
     
  2. Personal attention. Class sizes are small to ensure 1-on-1 instruction from our highly skilled and experienced faculty. Additionally, lab sizes are half the size of a lecture class to guarantee as much individual attention as possible to learn the necessary hands-on skills.
     
  3. Networking. Students are afforded the opportunity for multiple community and professional experiences.
     
  4. Standardized patients. The use of standardized patients throughout the program enhances student preparation for client interactions.

Program of Study

FALL SEMESTER:

Course Prefix

Course Title

Credits

UNIV 100

Introduction to Higher Education

1

HLTH 215

Medical Terminology

3

PSYC 120

Introductory and Developmental Psychology

4

BIOL 211/211L

Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab

4

OTAS 111

Human Movement for Occupation I

2

OTAS 121

Foundations of the Profession I

2

Total

 

16

 

SPRING SEMESTER:

Course Prefix

Course Title

Credits

PSYC 240

Abnormal Psychology for Health Sciences

3

BIOL 212/212L

Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab

4

OTAS 130/130L

Human Movement for Occupation II/Lab

3

OTAS 140

Foundations of the Profession II

3

OTAS 170/170L

Behavioral Health – Principles & Techniques/Lab

3

OTAS 170C

Behavioral Health Fieldwork – Level I

1

Total

 

17

 

SUMMER SEMESTER:  (10 Weeks)

Course Prefix

Course Title

Credits

CORE 101

Essentials of Written and Oral Communication

3

PHIL 112

Introduction: Ethics and Society

3

SOCY 213

Social Issues in Healthcare Delivery

(A total of 20 volunteer hours is required for this course.)

3

OTAS 201L

Therapeutic Media Lab

1

OTAS 203

Pathologic Conditions – Effects on Occupation

2

Total

 

12

 

FALL SEMESTER:

Course Prefix

Course Title

Credits

OTAS 220/220L

Pediatrics – Principles & Techniques/Lab

4

OTAS 220C

Pediatric Fieldwork – Level I

1

OTAS 235/235L

Physical Dysfunction – Principles & Techniques/Lab

5

OTAS 235C

Adult/Geriatric Fieldwork – Level I

1

OTAS 255/255L

Assistive Technology/Lab

2

Total

 

13

 

SPRING SEMESTER:

Course Prefix

Course Title

Credits

OTAS 270C

Fieldwork – Level II-A

6

OTAS 271C

Fieldwork – Level II-B

6

OTAS 285

Professional Seminar

1

Total

 

13

 

Overall Total

 

71

 

(over)

*Waived core courses (if earned associate or baccalaureate degree)

UNIV 100 – Introduction to Higher Education

PSYC 121 – Introductory Psychology

CORE 101 – Essentials of Written and Oral Communication

PHIL 112 – Introduction: Ethics and Society

Career Path

This program prepares graduates to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • School Systems
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Community Agencies
  • Work and Industrial Settings

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for consideration for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program:

The OTA Program has a selective and competitive admissions process. There are a limited number of seats for the program. It is important that applicants submit as much information as possible to be a more competitive candidate.

To be considered, all the following must be completed and submitted by the stated deadline. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents by the deadline will not be considered for admission.

  1. Meet all the admission requirements for Radford University Carilion. (For additional general undergraduate requirements, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.)
     
  2. Submit the online Radford University Carilion Application.
     
  3. Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions – high school OR all higher education institution(s) to the admissions department. Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher.
     
  4. Attend a college open house/OTA Information Session OR review the online OTA Program Information Session Slideshow [PDF] and complete a short quiz.  

Complete the OTA Admissions Packet [PDF].

Accreditation

“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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.

ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA (2682), and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

Graduates of the OTA 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 graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Student and Program Outcomes

The average pass rate over the past three calendar years (2017, 2018, and 2019) for graduates attempting the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation is 94%.

Graduation Year Total Number First Time New
Graduate Passing Rate
2019 93%
2018 100%
2017 88%
Total 94%

 

The average graduation rate over the past three calendar years (*2016, 2017, and 2018) is 91%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 23/20
87%
2017 25/23 92%
2016 19/18
95%
Total 67/61 91%


*Incomplete data from the graduation year 2019, was due to the worldwide pandemic of 2020. Students who began the program in the fall of 2017, who chose a 3-year track were slated to graduate in May of 2020, however due to the worldwide pandemic, were unable to complete their level II fieldwork experiences, therefore were unable to graduate. These students are slated to graduate in December of 2020. (Our graduation rate is determined if students complete the program within three years.)

View the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy website.

Program Costs

Item

Fall Semester – 2019

(full time)

Spring Semester – 2020

(full time)

Summer semester - 2020

 

Total Cost of Program (2-year program)

2019-2020

Tuition

$3961.00

$3961.00

$330.00/credit hour

12 credits = $3,960.00

$19,804.00

Program Fee

$4,897.50

$4,897.50

$185.00/credit hour

12 credits =

$2,220.00

$21,810.00

Clinical Fee

$3,000.00

$3,000.00

$250.00/credit hour

12 credits =

$3,000.00

$15,000.00

Technology Fee

$235.00

$235.00

$85.00

$1025.00

Books (bookstore costs)

$280.85

$261.85

$160.45

$1,076.00

Supplies

n/a

n/a

n/a

Dependent on student projects throughout the program
AOTA student membership

n/a

n/a

n/a

$75/year = $150.00 total

Loan Fees

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Distance Education Fees

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Fieldwork – CastleBranch Account (one-time fee - lifetime)

$35.00

n/a

n/a

$35.00

Initial background check (one time)

$60.00

n/a

n/a

$60.00

Initial drug screen (one time)

$45.00

n/a

n/a

$45.00

PPD (yearly)

$49.00

n/a

n/a

$49.00

CPR

$25.00

n/a

n/a

$25.00

Fieldwork travel – to/from sites

varies

varies

varies

varies

*Fieldwork – possible additional medical expenses

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Physical exam (for university admittance)

varies

varies

varies

varies

Total

$12,588.35 + cost of fieldwork and university admittance physical exam

 

$12,355.35 + cost of fieldwork

 

 

$9,425.45

 

$59,079.00 + cost of minimal supplies, physical exam, and travel to fieldwork sites.

 

If students transfer in credits, or have already taken general education courses prior to being accepted into the OTA program, tuition costs will be less.

Fees are subject to change pending annual review.

*Fieldwork - possible additional medical expenses – Students may incur additional expenses depending on individual need for updated immunizations, titer, possible site-specific background check and/or drug screen, flu shot, etc.

According to FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), cost of attendance is defined as total amount of attending the program, which includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, transportation, loan fees as well as fees associated with distance education.