Occupational Therapy Assistant
Working under the supervision of an occupational therapist, the
occupational therapy assistant uses purposeful activity to aid clients with
physical, mental, and developmental disabilities in functioning as independently
as possible in the areas of self care, work, and leisure. Occupational therapy
assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation
centers, school systems, long term care facilities, pediatric clinics, and
mental health facilities.
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College is partnered with Baptist Health
College Little Rock (BHCLR) to offer an Associate of Applied Science in
Occupational Therapy Assistant. It is a two-year, full-time program taught at
BHCLR. Admission is competitive and interview-based through BHCLR. Eighteen
students are selected annually. Coursework follows the UA-PTC academic calendar and
is composed of classroom and clinical experiences. A total of 70 hours are
required for this degree.
9 hours of coursework:
- ENGL 1311 - English Composition I
- MATH 1302 - College Algebra
- PSYC 2300 - Psychology & the Human Experience
20 hours of observation with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. (Paperwork included in application packet.)
ACT Score of 19 required. (Compass test not accepted.)
Additional General Education Course Requirements:
These courses may be completed before entry or during the scheduled semester during the program.
- ENGL 1312 – Composition II
- CIS 1103 – Computer Concepts
- HLSC 1300 – Concepts of Lifetime Health and Wellness
- SOCI 2300 - Intro to Sociology
- BIOL 1411 – Structure and Function of the Human Body*
*For students who intend to pursue higher level degrees that will require two semesters of A&P credit, completion of both BIOL 1402 and BIOL 1403 with a grade of C or better can be used to satisfy this course requirement.
Tuition and fees are collected by UA-PTC. The total cost of the
program is derived from UA-PTC standard tuition and fees, special program fee, books, and other professional fees. Financial aid is available to
students through UA-PTC.
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720
Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number
c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is
Graduates are 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, most states (including Arkansas) require licensure in order to
practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT
Certification Examination. Licensure of the occupational therapy assistant in
Arkansas is awarded by the Arkansas State Medical Board based on the results of
the NBCOT examination. All Level II fieldwork experiences must be completed
within 18 months of the didactic coursework. Fieldwork must be completed prior
to applying for the national certification examination. For additional
information regarding the certification examination, contact NBCOT at 800 South
Frederick Ave., Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD. 20877-4150.
This program of study includes special
program fees beyond current tuition and college fees.
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