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Occupational Therapy Assistant


The OTA program admits one class of 20 students per year that begins each fall semester (mid-August). The deadline to apply is June 1st of the year you wish to enter the professional phase. The professional phase is completed over 4 semesters (16 months) with the student graduating the following fall semester (fall, spring, summer, fall).

The deadline for applying (June 1) occurs during the SUMMER semester prior to the FALL semester start date. If a student is enrolled in courses that will complete all requirements during the Summer Semester of the June 1 deadline, the student may submit the application with those required courses still in progress.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. After successful completion of this examination, 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.

*If you have a felony or have been convicted of legal and/or moral violations, NBCOT and the state licensure board have the right to refuse to grant you certification and/or licensure.

***Please note the OTA program has a selective admissions process, therefore due to the competitive nature of the selection process, careful preparation for application is highly recommended.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, the applicant must:

Selection Process

The OTA Selection Committee reviews and scores each application based on the following criteria: grade point averages (Cumulative G.P.A. {or last 40 credit hours} and G.P.A. for all prerequisite coursework), the number of hours observed in two or more occupational therapy settings, the hand written essay, and appropriate recommendations received.

Legal Limitations

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony may not be eligible for licensure. If convicted of a felony, it is recommended that you contact the Occupational Therapy Board in the state where you plan to seek licensure to verify your eligibility for licensure. All students will be required to complete a national criminal background check prior to placement in clinical externships. Some clinical facilities may also require a drug screen prior to placement (students may be responsible for payment). The clinical affiliate determines whether a student can participate in the clinical rotation based upon the results of the background check and drug screen.

Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 (opens new window)

Non-Discrimination Policy

Darton State College, in compliance with Federal law, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, handicap, sex, religion, or age in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.

The faculty of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program acknowledges Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and PL 103-336, The Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider for admission, progression, and graduation candidates who demonstrate the ability to perform the essential abilities. These standards are admission guidelines and are subject to continuing revision and improvement.

The Health Sciences department is responsible for the information on this page.
To inquire about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, please contact Email: Jeff S. Etheridge.
For questions regarding content, or for further information, please contact Email: Elaine Hambric.

Last Update: June 20, 2016 5:35 PM

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