Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA students experience the thrill of changing the lives of patients while working with professional occupational therapists. Students learn to work with clients ranging from newborns to senior citizens.

 

The OTA program curriculum is based on adult learning theory and collaborative learning integrating classroom experiences and clinical application. Students are given a foundation of a theoretical understanding of the occupational therapy process. OTA program graduates receive an Associates in Applied Science.

 

Only Adult students can apply.
Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

 

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) offers an “early determination” review to individuals with a felony background who are considering entering an educational program. For further information call 301-990-7979 or visit their website at www.nbcot.org.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is April 1.

  • Interviews are held the first week in May.
  • Acceptance letters are mailed within three weeks after interviews.
  • School begins the second week in August.

Factors when considering applicants include cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, observation hours, references, all official transcripts, the application, and interview.

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisite Name/Subject Req, Rec, Crg* SEM
Hours
Lab required (Y/N) Additional Information
English Composition I 1113 Required 3 N
English Composition II 1213 Required 3 N
Mathematical Concepts 1143 or Mathematical Applications 1153 or 

College Algebra 1513

Required 3 N
American Government and Politics 1103 Required 3 N
United States History to 1877 1043 or 

United States History since 1877 1053

Required 3 N
General Psychology 1003 Required 3 N
Biological Concepts (with lab) 1004 Required 4 Y
Human Anatomy (with lab) 2104 Required 4 Y or Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Physiology (with lab) 2304 Required 4 Y or Anatomy & Physiology II
Developmental Psychology 2313 Required 3 N
Medical Terminology 2453 Required 3 N

Average GPA for accepted applicants for 2015-2016 = 3.2

Specialty Courses – Semester 1 (CKTC)

  • Disease Pathology (2212), 2 hours (online)
  • Intro to Occupational Therapy – with lab (1013), 3 hours
  • Kinesiology – with lab at SWOSU (1023), 3 hours
  • Field Work 1A (2022) – Clinicals, 2 hours
  • Therapeutic Media – with lab (1102), 2 hours
  • Therapeutic Activities – with lab (2102), 2 hours
  • Elder Care in OT – with lab (2133), 3 hours

(17 hours)

Specialty Courses – Semester 2 Spring (CKTC)

  • Pediatric Care in OT – with lab (2133), 3 hours
  • Psychosocial Dysfunction and Treatment – with lab (2153), 3 hours
  • Physical Dysfunction and Treatment – with lab (2113), 3 hours
  • Health Care Systems and OT Management (2002), 2 hours (online)
  • Field Work IB (2122) – Clinicals, 2 hours

(13 hours)

Specialty Courses – Semester 3 (CKTC)

  • Field Work IIA – Clinicals, 3 hours
  • Field Work IIB – Clinicals, 3 hours

(6 hours)

Career Opportunities

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment outlook for therapy assistants will continue to improve steadily for the foreseeable future.

Employment is expected to increase by 41% (2012-2022) or more reflecting an above average demand.

The fastest growing segment of the population is the elderly who will need services. Additionally, premature infants, survivors of spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and severe orthopedic injuries will require extensive occupational therapy.

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Home Health
  • Schools
  • Nursing Homes
  • Retirement Centers
  • Mental Health Centers

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center/Southwestern Oklahoma State University Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2016 – 2018 was 39  with an overall graduation rate of 87.5%.

Graduation  Year Total Number of Students Entering/Graduating Graduating Rate
2016 16/15 94%
2017 16/14 88%
2018 16/13 81%
3-year totals 48/42 87.5%

Program Results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492
www.nbcot.org

Accreditation

OTA is offered as a result of a contractual agreement between CKTC and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. OTA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
(ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

6116 Executive Boulevard
Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-2682
Fax: 301-652-7711
www.aota.org
www.acoteonline.org

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Contact Us

Malissia Guthrie M. Ed., COTA/L
405.643.3213
mguthrie@mycktc.com