The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2019 - 2020. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to provide a quality educational experience that will train prospective professionals in the art and science of promoting and maintaining the holistic health and wellness of people, organizations, and populations through engagement in occupation. Graduates will be able to perform/engage as entry level professionals under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT). Graduates will develop skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, thereby meeting the students' individual needs and the expressed health-care needs of the local and extended communities served by the Colleges. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy, from community-based programs to client-centered intervention. The program promotes the value and professional importance of life-long learning.
Because faculty spends the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
A. College Admission
B. Program Admission
The occupational therapy assistant, under the supervision of a professional occupational therapist, works to promote and maintain the holistic health of individuals in the community. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy from assessment to treatment termination. Therefore, in order to work successfully with clients, all applicants should possess sufficient performance skills in the areas of:
Students must be in a position to complete all pre-requisite courses that are required except Heritage/Humanities by the end of the Fall semester for the Spring admission.
Admission to the OTA Program is conditional, pending successful completion, with a “C” or better grade, in each pre-requisite course.
Students must complete all courses in the Key GPA category by the admission deadline (Oct. 1st). See page 4 for Key GPA requirements.
Students must first apply to Jefferson, and then submit a separate OTA Program application. Applications are only available at pre-admission conferences. It is mandatory that all applicants attend an OTA pre-admission conference. (If you have attended a pre-admission conference before but were not selected for the program, or opted not to enter the program that year, you must attend another pre-admission conference to re-apply). Conference dates can be found on the last page of this guide.
Individual academic advising is available immediately after each conference; however, students are encouraged to contact any OTA Program faculty member to schedule an appointment for academic advising. Faculty offices are located on the Downtown Campus in of the Health Science Hall Building.
Students are strongly encouraged to read through this curriculum guide and visit our
departmental web site prior to meeting with an advisor. Students requiring developmental
coursework should contact the Advising Center for academic advising. Students may
contact the Downtown Campus Advising Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Library,
by calling 502.213.2277.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the following credentials are submitted:
After the qualified applicant pool has been established, students will earn points based upon six categories, the maximum number of earned points possible being 100. The top 20 candidates determined from the established point system will be selected for the OTA Program. (In case of a tie for the 20th position, preference will be given to applicants from underserved areas or underrepresented populations of Kentucky).
Points are earned in these six categories:
TOTAL NUMBER OF POINTS POSSIBLE=100
Preference may be given to applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.
Upon admission to the OTA Program, students will receive the OTA Student Handbook: Policy and Procedure Manual. Some post admission requirements and/or expectations include:
All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities. Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test, will be reviewed by the Dean of Allied Health on a case-by-case basis. Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences:
Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program.
Each student will be given the designated facility and time once they are accepted into the program. The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.
Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),
4720 Montgomery Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
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.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of this program and the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants. Students should be aware that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure. Further information can be found at: http://www.nbcot.org/
Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office located on the 4th floor of the Jefferson Education Center or by calling 502.213.2137.
Prerequisites (these courses may be taken on a part-time basis) Courses in BOLD must be taken prior to admission into the OTA Program
|Semester 1||Course number and name||Credits|
|ENG 101 - Writing I||3|
|BIO 137 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Math Requirement: MAT 150 College Algebra OR MAT 110 Applied Mathematics||3|
|PSY 110 - General Psychology||3|
|Semester 1 Total:||16|
|Semester 2||Course number and name||Credits|
|Communication Requirement: COM 181 - Basic Public Speaking OR COM 252 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication||3|
|PSY 223 - Developmental Psychology||3|
|BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|ENG 102 - Writing II||3|
|Semester 2 Total:||16|
The following courses are taken after the student is admitted to the OTA program:
|Semester||Course number and name||Credits|
|Spring||OTA 101 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 116 - Media Principles and Procedures I||2|
|OTA 126 - Level IA Fieldwork||1|
|OTA 136 - Physical Dysfunction||4|
|OTA 146 - Occupational Therapy in Mental Health||3|
|Spring Semester Total credits:||13|
|Fall||OTA 206 - Community Practice||2|
|OTA 216 - Media Principles and Procedures II||2|
|OTA 226 - Level IB Fieldwork||1|
|OTA 236 - Professional Transitions and Management||2|
|OTA 246 - Pediatric issues in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OTA 256 - Elder Issues in Occupational Therapy||2|
|Fall Semester Total credits:||12|
|Spring||OTA 267- Level IIA Fieldwork||5|
|OTA 277- Level II B Fieldwork||5|
|Recommended additional technical course: OTA 286 - Clinical Seminar||2|
|Spring Semester Total credits:||10-12|
Fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of completion of academic portion of program. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law, it is a student’s personal decision to disclose a disability. If students choose to disclose a disability, by college policy, they will be directed to the Disability Resource Center. By law, all reasonable accommodations will be made. Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this program must contact the Access*Ability Resource Center (ARC) office in Chestnut Hall, room 319 on the downtown campus. The ARC telephone number is 502.213.2375. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor.