Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Downtown Campus

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor 

To schedule an advising appointment, please call 253.680.7002.

Denise Tremblay
Program Director

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Occupational Therapy AssistantOccupational therapy assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide services to persons whose lives have been challenged due to injury, illness, developmental deficits or aging. Occupational therapy assistants view individuals in a holistic manner and help people prevent, lessen or overcome disabilities so they are able to function more independently in every aspect of daily living.

Occupational therapy assistants use therapeutic activities and exercises to improve a client's skills for performing a variety of important everyday tasks safely and independently in their role at work, home, school, and in the community.

Students in this program receive fundamental skills in occupational therapy and extensive clinical training. Successful completion of the program prepares students for careers as occupational therapy assistants in hospitals, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers, assisted living and nursing care facilities, and school systems. Learn about the occupational therapy profession

The Bates Occupational Therapy Assistant Program started spring 2011. This nationally-accredited program takes six quarters to complete and accepts a limited number of applicants every spring quarter, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is full time, 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Downtown Campus. Graduates are prepared as a generalist with highly-developed interpersonal and technical skills and specialized clinical skills that meet the demands of the profession. Learn more about the OTA Program

Enrollment Process

1. Attend a Health Sciences information session provided by the program advisor and held the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00pm at the  Downtown Campus, in room M218. Following the general session, attend the OTA program overview provided by the program director at 2:30pm in building C, room E203. Find out more about the program philosphy and requirements and if this program is a good fit for you. If you cannot attend a session, schedule a telephone session with the program director.

2. Schedule an appointment with the program advisor regarding COMPASS testing, if needed; transferring college coursework, if applicable, and planing the OTA foundation courses offered at Bates. Learn more about the required OTA Foundation Courses

Application Requirements

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accepting applications from July 15, 2016 to Aug. 1, 2016 for Spring Quarter 2017 entry. Download the OTA application here: OTA Enrollment Application

Application are selected in a first-come, first-serve basis once the following requirements are met:

1. Earned a grade of 3.0 or better in each of the five OTA foundation courses and have approval of official transcripts if transferring coursework from another college.

2. Provided documentation of completing at least 15 hours of either work, volunteer or job shadow experience in two different occupational therapy settings with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.  The observation hours must be documented for the OTA application on the OT Observation Form.

3. Provided a letter of recommendation from an employer or instructor. The form is provided in the OTA application.

4. Provided a written essay about OT which meets the criteria in the writing prompt in the OTA application.

Entry Requirements

Once applicants are notified in writing of placement in the OTA program, the following requirements must be met:

1. Documented evidence of current immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) testing.

2. Documented evidence of medical and dental health clearance.

3. Documented evidence of personal health insurance.

4. Documented evidence of clinical liability insurance coverage.

5. Pass a national criminal background check

Financial Assistance

Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program. Contact Ramon Burton, 253.680.7544, for more information.

Program Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bates is accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)  Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education  of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is 301.652.2682. Their website is http://www.acoteonline.org.  The program received a 5-year accreditation in 2012.  It is scheduled to be reaccredited in 2017.

Our 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). 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 Certificate Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree: 120 Credits

ENGL& 100+ English Composition course  
MATH 100+ Mathematics
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology
BIOL 170 Medical Terminology
BIOL& 175 Survey of A&P
OTA 102 Health and Wellness and the OTA
OTA 103 Functional Movement
OTA 104 Therapeutic Use of Self
OTA 105 Nervous System Function
OTA 106 Therapeutic Activities and Performance I
OTA 107 Devel. Disabilities-Treatment and Applications
OTA 108 Applied Experience I-A
OTA 109 Adaptive Technologies
OTA 110 Documentation Skills
OTA 111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
OTA 201 Therapeutic Activities and Performance II
OTA 202 Psychosocial Dysfunctions:Treatment & Applications
OTA 203 Applied Experience - I-B
OTA 204 Seminar - Applied Mental Health
OTA 210 Physical Disabilities: Treatment and Applications
OTA 212 Applied Experience - I-C
OTA 213 Seminar - Applied Physical Rehabilitation
OTA 220 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation A
OTA 221 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar A
OTA 222 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Rotation B
OTA 223 Clinical Fieldwork Level II - Seminar B
OTA 231 OTA and Special Settings
OTA 232 Professional Issues for the OTA