Academics

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Information

Program Director: Debra A. Chasanoff, M.Ed., OTR/L
Contact the OTA Program at: (941) 752-5346 or via email chasand@scf.edu

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program prepares graduates to function as members of the health care team. Working under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist, the OTA assists individuals of all age groups to acquire, improve or regain independent living skills. Program graduates will be responsible for assisting with evaluations and setting of treatment goals, implementation of treatment plans, evaluation of treatment effectiveness, maintenance of client records and assisting with service management. The OTA is able to work in a variety of practice areas including, but not limited to, pediatrics, physical disabilities and mental health.

The program combines coursework at SCF with selected clinical experiences in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that uses occupations as treatment to assist individuals of all ages and abilities to engage in activities that are meaningful to their lives and foster independence, equality, participation, security health and well being.  Occupational therapy can be beneficial to individuals across the lifespan who have developmental or physical disabilities, emotional or mental illness, or disabilities related to the aging process.  Occupational therapy practitioners are employed in a variety of work environments including hospitals, rehabilitation & developmental centers, schools, home health, and hospice agencies, community mental health facilities, assisted living and extended care facilities. 

What Does an Occupational Therapy Assistant Do?

Certified occupational therapy assistants (COTA) are skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR).  The COTA assists in the evaluation of a client's physical, intellectual, perceptual and psychosocial skills and needs.  Other duties include evaluating the client's ability to carry out the activities of daily living and designing a specific treatment program for the individual.  COTAs also instruct and supervise clients and their families in the use of occupations/activities to develop, prevent deterioration in or restore self-care, work and leisure performance capabilities.

Additional responsibilities include recording observations and the client's progress toward meeting individual goals and reporting information to supervisors and other health team members.  COTAs also assist in ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment needed for the implementation of occupational therapy programs, as well as supervise students during fieldwork experiences.

 

Degrees

Occupational Therapy Assistant A.S.

Curriculum Outline

 

 

Applications will be available and accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2020.

The OTA program application period for the Class of 2021 has closed as of 3/1/19.

The next application period will open 1/1/2020 for the class of 2022.  Students will not be able to access, view or complete the program application until the application period opens on January 1st, 2020.

 

 

 

Please review OTA Performance Standards prior to application.

OTA Performance Standards

Cost of OTA Program 


Approximate Cost of OTA Program

 OTA Curriculum

OTA Curriculum

SCF OTA Program Student Handbook

SCF OTA Program Student Handbook

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, a two-year Associate in Science degree program, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.  The website for ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Most states also require licensure in order to practice, however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 

 

Program brochures are available at the OTA Program office, Health Science Division Office and student services at the Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice campus.

For more information about the program, please contact the OTA Program at 941-752-5346 or email chasand@scf.edu

 

Announcements/Workshops/Open House

 

Links

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Phone:  (301) 652-2682
TDD:  800-377-8555
Fax:  301-652-7711
www.aota.org
www.aotaonline.org

ACOTE
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of
The American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Phone:  (301) 652-2682
www.acoteonline.org

NBCOT
800 South Frederick Ave., Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(302) 990-7979
www.nbcot.org

NBCOT Link:  New graduate & pass rate data
https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx 

Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
2020 Capital Circle SE, BIN #C05
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3255
(850) 487-2098

Florida Occupational Therapy Association
P. O. Box 5606
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3310
(954) 840-FOTA (3682)
www.fota.org 
 

For concerns pertaining to the OTA Program please use the following link:  OTA Program Concerns

This page is maintained by The OTA Department Staff

 

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