Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate in Science

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree Program prepares graduates to care for clients who are limited by a physical illness or injury, an emotional disorder, a developmental disability or the aging process. Working under the supervision of an occupational therapist, an occupational therapy assistant uses functional activities and therapeutic modalities as methods of treatment. Therapy focuses on assisting clients in regaining or maintaining independence in everyday life skills. Specific techniques that an occupational therapy assistant may utilize include training in activities of daily living, fabrication of splints, adapting home, work and school environments, vocational, training and therapeutic use of functional activities.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program core courses are primarily offered on evenings and weekends. The program must be completed in a cohort model (see curriculum). Students should be advised and make arrangements early in their coursework to accommodate the full-time requirement of Academic Fieldwork along with the responsibility of providing their own transportation. OTA 100 FWIA, OTA 218 Clinical FWIB, OTA 250 and OTA 260 Advanced Fieldwork Level IIA and IIB are all completed during the day as required by clinical sites. 

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Goodwin College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE). The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA. 

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, all states require licensure to practice, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; however, state licenses are based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. When you apply to sit for the certification exam, you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felony convictions. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure. 

Admission Criteria:

The specific admission requirements are outlined below. It is important to note that not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program due to the limited number of seats available. Admission is based upon completion of occupational therapy assistant prerequisites, general education requirements, and other outlined requirements. Any submitted applications that do not meet the minimum required GPA and the required score on the examination being utilized as the pre-admission exam will not be considered for admission.

Candidates will be accepted based on the following outlined requirements listed below and the outlined point system: 

  1. Applicants must take the pre-admission - Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This examination is administered at Goodwin University three times a year. The cost of the Exam is the responsibility of the applicant. Students may only register for the Exam when they are applying or reactivating an application that is already on file. It is the student's responsibility to follow the deadlines and instructions posted on the application. Students may take The Pre-Entrance Examination as many times as they wish. Students must score at 50 percent or higher on this exam to be considered for admission.
  2. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin University. Applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must first meet the requirement for admission and be accepted into Goodwin University.
  3. Complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program application. Applicants must include:
    1. Official high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma/HiSET.
        i. An official Bachelor's or Master’s degree transcript, with a date of completion/graduation, can be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript.
    2. Official college transcripts, if applicable.
  4. Applicants must also have a cumulative 2.7 GPA in the last twelve college credits taken or on high school transcripts if no college courses have been taken.
  5. Complete the College Placement Evaluations. Applicants must qualify for a minimum of ENG 101 and MATH 125 in order to enter the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Any foundational courses required as indicated by the test results must be completed before entering the Program. All prerequisite and general education requirements must be completed prior to acceptance.
  6. Provide documentation of observation of occupational therapy in any specialty area. Observation must include 8 hours in the prior 12 months.
  7. Occupational Therapy assistant applicants who have satisfied all the admission criteria will be required to interview with the Program Director and complete a personal essay before admission.

Point System

Occupational Therapy Students who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system specified below:

Admission requirements: Score
Previous College Education
Associate Degree or > (60 Credits) 2
Bachelor's Degree 3
Master's Degree 4
Completion of courses at Goodwin College
1 course 1
2 courses 2
3 courses 3
4 courses 4
Cumulative GPA
2.7 - 3.0 1
3.1 - 3.5 2
3.6 - 4.0 3
Pre Admission Test - Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
50-59% 1
60-65% 2
66-70% 3
71-75% 4
76-80% 5
81-85% 6
86-90% 7
91-95% 8
96-99% 9
Interview 0-7
Total Possible Points 27

Accepted Students 

  1. All prerequisite courses must be completed before entering the Program.
  2. Official college transcripts, if applicable, must be submitted with application to assure appropriate transfer of credits and prerequisite requirements are met.
  3. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of a "C" or better:

    1. HSC 105 - Medical Terminology
    2. BIO 120 (Goodwin University) or equivalent with a laboratory OR Anatomy & Physiology I (Goodwin University) or equivalent completed within the last five years is the prerequisite for OTA 101.

     

  4. All students must successfully pass a background check, drug test and DCF check before official acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will be granted. Forms are provided by program personnel.
  5. Additional documentation required:

CPR (please see below) certification prior to rotation

Physical exam within one year of start of FW II rotation

Fingerprinting (if required by FW site) prior to start of FW I or FW II

Additional health requirements may need to be met, based on the requirements of each individual fieldwork site.

Immunization Records and Statement of General Health:

Admitted students must submit a medical examination report by a physician which describes the student’s physical and emotional health.  All required immunizations, including the Hepatitis B vaccine series, must be completed before the start of the fieldwork and must remain current while in the program.

 

Required Medical and Legal Documentation:

·         CPR certification prior to first FW II rotation

·         Fingerprinting (if required by FW site) prior to start of FW II

·         Annual updates: Physical Exam, 2 Step PPD, Flu vaccine

·         Varicella, MMR and Hepatitis B

·         Tetanus less than 7 years old, or booster if over.

Medical Insurance:

It is required for all Occupational Therapy Assistant students to cover injuries or illness that may occur during the program

 

Malpractice Insurance:

Malpractice insurance can be obtained at the following websites:

            http://www.hpso.com/

            https://www.proliability.com

 

It is the student’s responsibility to maintain current CPR certification, malpractice insurance coverage, health insurance coverage, and annual two step PPD testing. Failure to do so will prevent the student from participating in their advanced academic fieldwork experience.

 

 

Program Outcomes

The goal of the Occupational Therapy Assisting Program is to provide meaningful and appropriate educational experiences that enable students to develop knowledge and achieve competency in entry-level skills. The program leads to certification as an occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Upon successful completion of all Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Sit for the National Certification Exam.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply, analyze, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as an occupational therapy assistant.
  3. Demonstrate the clinical skills and proficiency in all relevant practice areas necessary to fulfill the role as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant.
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations for the occupational therapy assistant.
  5. Demonstrate professional skills to begin work in any one of the specialty areas of occupational therapy practice with the general and specific tools necessary to complete the job requirements.
  6. Apply the scope of occupational therapy practice.
  7. Apply the comprehensive learning outcomes identified within each syllabus.
  8. Apply the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Component.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Policies

Policies specific to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program may be found in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook and Fieldwork Guide.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

  1. Complete all Occupational Therapy Assistant core courses with a minimum grade of "C+".
  2. Complete HSC 105 and BIO 120, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of "C".
  3. Fieldwork IIA and IIB must be completed within 18 months of completion of all academic coursework.

Curriculum

Associate in Occupational Therapy Assistant

Non-Major Core Requirements - 6 Credits

HSC 105Medical Terminology

3

PSY 212Lifespan Development

3

General Education Core - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

BIO 120Human Biology

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Occupational Therapy Assistant Major Core - 36 credits

Semester One

OTA 100Occupational Therapy Foundations and Fieldwork IA

3

OTA 101Foundations of Movement and Function

3

OTA 105Foundations of Behavioral Health in OTA

1

Semester Two

OTA 214Principles of Adult Populations and the Occupational Therapy Assistant

4

OTA 215Principles of Pediatric Populations and the Occupational Therapy Assistant

4

Semester Three

OTA 216Principles of Geriatric Populations and the Occupational Therapy Assistant

4

OTA 217Principles of Group Dynamics in OTA

2

OTA 218Case Studies Across the Lifespan with FW1B

4

Semester Four

OTA 220Occupational Therapy Assistant Seminar

1

OTA 250Advanced Fieldwork Level IIA

5

OTA 260Advanced Fieldwork Level IIB

5

Total Credit Hours: 64