Length: Twenty-two month, Five semester program
Purpose: To prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health care team who will care for patients under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist. The goals of the occupational therapy team are to develop, restore, or maintain adaptive skills in individuals whose abilities to cope with daily living are threatened or impaired by disease, injury, developmental disability, or social disadvantage.
Accreditation: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Southwest Virginia Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P. O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-2582. Graduates of the program will be able 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities include positions in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, day care centers, long-term care facilities, schools, sheltered workshops, homebound programs and community agencies.
Program Format: The OTA program
educational experiences consists of on-site lecture, distance lecture to remote
campus sites via the compressed video network, hands-on laboratory, computer
web-based instruction through BlackBoard, and a variety of clinical experiences.
Students are required to complete a computer course and need to have skills
necessary to navigate the internet for researching projects and assignments and
utilizing the BlackBoard components for classes (i.e., online testing, online
resources, grades, and discussions).
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, consideration for a position in this program requires a high school diploma or GED; the completion of the SWCC entry-level assessment examination (ASSET or COMPASS); two units of mathematics (Algebra I plus Algebra II and/or Geometry. Note: MTH 126 may substitute for the second math unit), one unit of Biology with a laboratory, and one unit of Chemistry with a laboratory. High school seniors who have not completed the full sequence of the prerequisite courses must be enrolled in the second semester of these courses and have earned a grade of "C" or above for the first semester to be considered for program admission. Grades in these courses must reflect a minimum of “C.” Eight (8) hours of observation in an occupational therapy setting should be documented by the OT personnel denoting and date (s') and time (s).
All high school courses and/or college work must reflect an overall grade average of “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher. Satisfactory performance on the ASSET or COMPASS testing program is required. All pre-requisite courses, including any prescribed developmental studies courses, must be successfully completed before the January 15 application deadline. Students planning to transfer to senior institutions should inform their advisors and should consider coursework that can be used for transfer.
Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office by January 15. Classes begin the fall semester of each academic year. Out-of-service region applicants will be considered for any openings available after April 1 and out-of-state applicants will be considered for any openings available after May 1. When enrollments must be limited for any curriculum, priority shall be given to all qualified applicants who are residents of the political subdivisions (Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell, or Tazewell counties), supporting the College and to Virginia residents not having access to a given program at their local community college, provide such students apply for admission to the program prior to registration or by a deadline established by the College. In addition, residents of localities with which the College has a clinical site or other agreements may receive equal consideration for admission.
Students accepted into the program are required to submit a certificate reflecting a successful physical examination, signed by a licensed physician. The physical examination must be completed after receiving notification of acceptance to the program and prior to beginning classes. Immunizations must be current and include Hepatitis B and MMR. Proof of Tuberculin skin test (PPD) and CPR certification must be shown on admission to the program and kept current throughout the program.
Academic Requirements: : The student is
required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences. Students
must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all program courses. Any student
receiving a grade of "D" in any of the program courses will be placed on Program
Probation. That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract
containing the requirements of the remediation. Please note: Students may be
required to wait at least one academic year before they will have an opportunity
to remediate the course. Students on program probation status will only be
allowed to remediate the course if there is an open position in the class.
Dismissal from the program shall result if: 1) the student does not meet the
requirements of the probationary contract; 2) the student receives a final grade
of less than “C” in any program courses either during or after the period of the
Program Probation; or 3) earning more than one “D” in a semester on program
courses or a final grade of "F" in any coursework after admittance to the
program will result in dismissal from the program. Remediated courses must be
completed with a final grade of "C" or better.
Clinical and Behavioral Requirements:
Selected and supervised learning experiences are required by this program and
will be accomplished at selected health care facilities. Because there are
limited clinical sites within the area, students may be required to travel to
other areas to complete clinical training. Students are responsible for
providing their own transportation, uniforms, and living expenses during
fieldwork experiences. In the fifth semester, there will be 40 hours per week of
clinical time (Level II fieldwork) in two eight week segments, so students must
plan their schedules accordingly. Program faculty will observe and evaluate the
student. If in the judgment of the program faculty the student does not exhibit
those behaviors required of the occupational therapy assistant, the student may
be asked to withdraw from the program.
NOTE: All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.
NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
NOTE: Criminal Background Checks/Drug Testing:
Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student
|BIO 141||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3||3||4|
|*ENG 111||College Composition I||3||0||3|
|**HLT 141||Intro. to Medical Terminology||2||0||2|
|OCT 100||Intro. to Occupational Therapy||3||0||3|
|***ITE 102||Computers and Info. Systems||2||0||2|
|PSY 231||Human Life Span Dev. I||3||0||3|
|SDV 104||Study Skills or|
|SDV 108||College Survival Skills||1||0||1|
|BIO 142||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3||3||4|
|OCT 201||Occupational Therapy with Psychosocial Dysfunction||3||0||3|
|OCT 195||Topics in OT for Physical Dysfunction||2||0||2|
|OCT 205||Therapeutic Media||1||3||2|
|NAS 195||Topics in Upper Extremity Anatomy & Kinesiology||1||0||1|
|PSY 232||Human Life Span Dev. II||3||0||3|
|OCT 190||Coord. Practice in OT I (Level I)||0||5||1|
|OCT 207||Therapeutic Skills||2||3||3|
|OCT 220||Occupational Therapy for the Adult||2||0||2|
|OCT 210||Assistive Tech. in OT||2||0||2|
|OCT 202||Occupational Therapy with Physical Disabilities||3||3||4|
|OCT 203||Occupational Therapy with Developmental Disabilities||3||3||4|
|OCT 208||OT Service Mgmt. & Delivery||3||0||3|
|OCT 190||Coord. Pract. in OT II-Level I Fieldwork||0||5||1|
|OCT 290||Coord. Pract. In OT III-Level II Fieldwork||0||40||6|
|OCT 290||Coord. Pract. in OT IV-Level II Fieldwork||0||40||6|
Total Credits for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program 68
* Students who wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree are advised to take both ENG 111-112, ENG 101 may be substituted for ENG 111, but is not a transferable course.
** HLT 143 or HLT 144 may substitute for HLT 141.
*** AST 232 or ITE 100 may substitute for ITE 102.
****A list of suggested classes may be obtained from advisor or program director.