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

 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (ASOTA) Fall 2019 Application  Instructions

Applications will be available and accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2019.

This list of instructions has been provided to assist students in the application process to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.  Please read through these instructions prior to submitting your application for the program.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all of the steps are completed by the deadline date and that all information provided is accurate. Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance into the OTA program.  Students must apply/reapply every year.  There is no waiting list for the OTA Program.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at State College of Florida is a limited enrollment program. As such, completion of part or all of the required general academic courses required in the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program. If there are more qualified applicants than seats in the program, the policy and procedure on admission requirements and selection process will be followed.

Step 1: Apply to State College of Florida – Application available online at www.scf.edu

  • Complete all steps required for application to the college as a degree seeking student
  • Apply to the college for the current term – Fall 2018 or Spring 2019
  • If you applied to the college more than 1 year ago and have not enrolled in courses over the past year, you will need to reapply to the college. 

Step 2: Once accepted to the college the student will be able to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the application period if they have met the following minimum criteria:

  • Completed all prerequisite courses required by the program with a "C" or better by the time of application. These course are:
    • BSC 2085C           Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
    • ENC 1101             Written Communications I
    • PSY 2012              General Psychology
    • Mathematics     Any Area II Mathematic, A.S.
    • Earned Program GPA of 2.75 or greater in all classes being applied to the OTA program.
    • Earned an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater as required for graduation. 

Priority is given to applicants who have completed the most general education courses required for the degree at the time of application.  Completion of all or part of the academic courses required in the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  If there are more qualified applicants than seats available in the program GPA (grade point average) on the general education courses required by the program will be the determining criteria.  If there is more than one student with the same GPA for a seat in the program, the final criteria will be the Overall GPA.

Additional General Education Program Requirements:

  • BSC 2086C - Anatomy & Physiology II (with laboratory component)
  • DEP 2004 - Human Development Life Span
  • ENC 1102 - Written Communication II OR
  • SPC 1608 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Humanities - Choose from Area IV, A.S. General Education Requirement

Step 3: Complete Program Application

    

  1. Log Into 
  2. Select "Student” tab
  3. Select “Student Profile”
  4. In the upper left-hand corner of the screen select the Icon that looks like 4 squares
  5. Click on “Banner”
  6. Click on "Student Services and Financial Aid" tab
  7. Click on "Apply for Admission to Limited Access and Baccalaureate Programs”
  8. Click on "Display Application Information"
  9. Locate the Application Type Drop Down Box: Select the Desired Program Application
  10. Complete the Application process
  11. Complete Payment
  • The application process will automatically search to see if the application fee has been previously paid by the applicant. If no proof of payment is located the student will be directed to a payment screen to complete a credit card payment. If a student believes that they have paid the onetime application fee for this program in the past they must first pay the $20 fee to submit the application and then follow up with the cashiering office. If a duplicate payment is noted the student will receive a refund of the application fee.

The student may be prompted to provide additional information during the application process.  Requests for additional information will be submitted via the SCF student email address issued to the student upon acceptance to the college.  Students must submit all requested information by the March 1st deadline.  Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance.    

Only submit 1 application to the program.Once the completed application is submitted the student will receive an email confirming submission. This email will be sent to the SCF email address issued to the student upon acceptance to the college. If you wish to check that you have successfully submitted your application following steps 1 – 7 above. The bottom of the page will display all programs to which the student has submitted an application.

Students must submit a CAPP/Degree Audit to the Program which must be delivered to the program by one of the following methods:

  • Delivered by hand to the OTA program by 4pm on 3/1/19, at the Bradenton Campus, building 28
  • Mailed to the OTA program, post marked by 3/1/19.

Mail to:

State College of Florida

OTA Program

5840 26th Street West – Building 28

Bradenton, FL 34207

 

To complete a CAPP Audit please follow the directions provided

 

CAPP/Degree Audit -Directions

  1. Log Into: 
  2. Click on: “Student” Tab
  3. Click on: “CAPP/Degree Audit”
  4. Click on: “What-if Analysis”
  5. Select Term: Entry Term “Spring 2019”
  6. Click Continue
  7. From Drop Down Select Program of Choice: AS Occupational Therapy Asst.
  8. Click Continue
  9. Leave Campus as None
  10. From Drop Down Select First Major: AS Occupational Therapy Asst. And Department:  None
  11. Click Submit
  12. From the Drop Down Select Evaluation Term: Spring 2019
  13. Click Generate Request
  14. Review and then Print - Print the CAPP audit in landscape to ensure that all grades are displayed

 It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the CAPP Audit:

  • Make sure all completed courses relevant to program are reflected on the CAPP/Degree Audit prior to submitting
  • CAPP audits which are printed incorrectly in which grades are not visible will be considered incomplete. Incomplete CAPP Audits will NOT be accepted. The student’s application will be deemed incomplete and the student will not be considered for acceptance during this application period.
  • Applications received without CAPP Audits will be deemed incomplete and the student will not be considered for acceptance during this application period.
  • CAPP Audits received after the March 1st deadline, without a March 1st post mark will not be accepted.

 Grade Forgiveness (Repeat) Policy as per 2018-2019 SCF Catalog

A student may repeat a course, up to a maximum of two repeats per course (for courses that count toward the GPA), in which the student earned a grade of D or F, provided a degree has not yet been awarded or as otherwise noted in the course description. Courses with earned grades of A, A., A:, B, B., B:, C, C., or C: cannot be repeated. The GPA will be adjusted so that only the last attempt at the repeated course will be included in the overall calculation. The original grade will be marked with an E (excluded in the GPA) to indicate that the course was repeated, an I (included in the GPA), or an A (course calculated in GPA but no earned credits) on the student’s transcript. All grades will remain on the student’s official transcript. If a student withdraws from a third-attempt course and receives a WF grade, this will be considered the final grade and will be included in the overall GPA.

If a student transfers to another institution, public or private, it is the responsibility of the student to learn what the receiving institution’s policy is regarding acceptance of “forgiven” courses in the computation of the student’s grade point average.

Per Florida Statute 1009.285 and Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.0301 repeat enrollment in courses in which a grade of C or above has been earned is prohibited. However, exemptions may be granted under very special circumstances. Examples are: a need for teacher recertification, specifications of a regulatory agency, licensure, program requirement or credit earned through examination, (e.g. AP scores.)

Both the initial and subsequent grades will appear on the student’s academic transcript and both grades will be included in the overall grade point average. No credit hours will be earned for the subsequent attempted course. Registration for a course without prior approval will be canceled, the course dropped, and fees refunded. Some stipulations may apply to older coursework. Approval for the Request to Retake Course with a C or Better Grade does not guarantee program acceptance.

Note for students intending to make an application to any health professions program:

Approval and grade improvement does not guarantee admission to a program.

No more than two program required or prerequisite courses can be repeated.

No more than one retake will be allowed per course.

The most recent grade will be used for program admission requirements.

The Request to Retake Course with a “C” or Better Grade form is available in the Dean’s Office on each campus and in Educational Records. The form must be completed by the student, including the reason for request and any additional documentation in support of the request for a retake. The form must be signed by the dean of the student’s primary campus. Once completed, the form and documentation are to be sent to Educational Records for documentation for in the student record.

 Identifying Courses Used for Admission

Only grades identified under “detailed requirements” will be considered. If you feel that you have a different course/grade, you would like to be considered from “courses not used” or “attributes not used” sections you must put this in writing and attach it to the CAPP audit.

Priority is given to applicants who have completed the most general education courses required for the degree at the time of application.  Completion of all or part of the academic courses required in the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the OTA program.  If there are more qualified applicants than seats available, Program GPA (program grade point average) on the general education courses required by the program will be the determining criteria.  If there are more than one student with the same Program GPA for a seat in the program, the final criteria will be the Overall GPA

Applicants will be notified of the OTA Program application decision in writing via mail by June 1st of the year that they applied.

 

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.aotaonline.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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