Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a 71-credit, two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). www.acoteonline.org

Course work includes:
  • MnTC/general education courses.
  • occupational therapy theory and skill building courses.
  • on-the-job experiences at various fieldwork sites.

Graduation Rates And Certification Exam Results

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Results 

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate Certification Exam Results
2015 29/23 79% 100%
2016 30/27 90%  96%
2017
29/22
 76%  85%
Total 88/72 82% 93.67%

Important Dates

OTA Program Information Sessions
Date Time Rm
TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
Date Start Rm




Prerequisites

All required documentation must be submitted in person; Enrollment Services will be unable to receive them via mail, online or fax.

Admission criteria:

Option #1
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Complete appropriate test scores and the Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Heath (ATI-TEAS).
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session

Option #2: Students who have Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
1. Apply to Anoka Technical College and be admitted to the college
2. Submit an official transcript of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
3. Certificate of Attendance from Information Session



Program Learning Outcomes

 

Admissions Requirements

Steps to Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program

You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  Please read the full explanations below this checklist.

  • Apply to ATC and be admitted to the College
  • Complete the ACCUPLACER Assessments
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS)
  • Attend mandatory Information Session (dates found on website under “Important Dates” tab)
  • Apply to the OTA Program following the admissions criteria listed in Option #1 or #2 during the Application period.

 

The Application period dates and Mandatory Information Session can be found on the OTA Webpage under the “Important Dates” tab at: http://www.anokatech.edu/ProgramsCourses/HealthScienceTech/OccupationalTherapyAssistant.aspx  

Admission criteria:

Option #1: Students who have a high school diploma/GED or Associate of Arts or Applied Science degree

 

  1. Successfully complete ACCUPLACER/ACT assessment requirement

    Score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years

    OR score of 22 or higher on the Mathematics subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years

    OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past 2 years

     

    Score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years

    OR score of 18 or higher on the English subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years

    OR Anoka Technical College ENGL 0101 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 2 years

     

    Score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the Accuplacer within the past 2 years

    OR score of 21 or higher on the reading subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years

    OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 2 years 

     

  2. Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) requirement

            Adjusted Individual Total Score of 65% or higher on the TEAS test, version V or ATI TEAS

            There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.

     

  3. Submit Certificate of Attendance from Information Session.

 

Option #2: Students who have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

 

  1. Submit an official transcript of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  2. Submit Certificate of Attendance from Information Session.

 

Students can apply to the OTA Program via ATC Enrollment Services Department once all prerequisites are successfully completed.   All required documents must be submitted as an entire package. These can be submitted in hard copy in person, mailed or electronically via email. Please be aware that the college is not responsible for packets not received in time due to mailing timelines. If there are more applicants than seats available, a lottery system will select the candidates to enter the OTA Program from the total applicants who meet the above requirements. Within two weeks of the end of the application period, applicants who have earned a seat in the program will be notified by email. There will be a deadline date described in the correspondence by which the applicant must officially accept the seat for the following semester. Within this email, students will be notified of the mandatory orientation date.

PDF Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Requirements

Background Study

Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Program Sequence

2017-2018 Program Sequence 
First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
COTA 1001
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
4
COTA 1050
Clinical Conditions
4
COTA 1105
Therapeutic Applications I
3
HLTH 1005
Anatomy and Physiology
4
TOTAL
15

Second Semester
COTA 1155
Therapeutic Applications II
2
COTA 1260
Performance Skills and Applications
3
COTA 1270
Productive Aging/Geriatric Practice
4
COTA 1280
Mental Health and Wellness Practice
4
COTA 1290
Level I Fieldwork Behavioral
1
PSYC 1406
General Psychology
4
TOTAL
18
 
Summer Semester
PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
4
ENGL 1107
Composition I
4
 OR
 
ENGL 2105
Business and Technical Writing
4
SPCH 1500
Intercultural Communication 3
TOTAL
  11
 
Third Semester
COTA 2310
Professional Seminar  2
COTA 2330
Physical Rehabilitation Practice  4
COTA 2340
Children and Youth Practice  4
COTA 2350
Community Practice
 4
COTA 2390
Level I Fieldwork Traditional
 1
TOTAL
  15
 
 Fourth Semester
COTA 2411
Level II Fieldwork Rotation A
6
COTA 2421
Level II Fieldwork Rotation B 6
TOTAL   12

Accreditation

The program's current accreditation status: ACCREDITATION

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Anoka Technical College 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, MD 20814-3449, ACOTE's phone number, C/O AOTA, is  301-652-AOTA, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Certification

Certification Exam

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion, graduates will be Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).

Most states, including Minnesota, also require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to take the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Pass Rates on the National Certification Exam

NBCOT pass rates on the Certification Exam are indicated on the OTA Home Page and can also be accessed by clicking on the NBCOT hyperlink.


Fieldwork

In the second year of the program, each student will participation in two Level I Fieldwork placements during the third semester and two Level II Fieldwork Placements in the fourth semester.These experiences will be assigned from a wide variety of facilities including outstate and local hospitals, extended care facilities , school districts, day treatment centers, residential facilities and other community agencies.

Enrollment in the fieldwork classes may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. No out of state fieldwork experiences will be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 50 miles due to availability of fieldwork sites.

Before starting the Level II Fieldwork , all required course work of the OTA program must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C," and the student must have a 2.0 grade point average. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of completing the required academic coursework.

Prior to these experiences, the student will:

  • Complete a Health Information sheet
  • Sign a Hepatitis B form
  • Receive a Mantoux test (a positive result requires a chest x-ray)
  • Complete a background study
  • Other items as assigned

Prior to starting the Level I Fieldwork, the student will:

  • Secure a current CPR for the healthcare worker card.

An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in the fieldwork experiences.

Transportation to fieldwork facilities will be the responsibility of each student. Some of the facilities may be reached by public transportation.

Students are expected to be professional regarding their attitude, behavior, and appearance. The student will be required to get a student I.D. card and carry professional liability insurance. Student professional liability insurance will be purchased by the group at the start of the second year of the program.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Young or old, we all have a job to do–the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families and ourselves are among the “occupations” of life.

Sometimes physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they’d like.

Occupational therapy, a vibrant, growing profession, makes it possible for people to regain and/or maintain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference in the lives of others.

Occupational therapy assistants work with the supervision of registered occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life or maintain their current healthy lifestyle. Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in varied settings with people of all ages. Many practitioners help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood – learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Others work with children who have physical or cognitive problems in outpatient clinics. 

Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, work settings, day treatment centers, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and/or continuing care communities. In these settings, practitioners may support people who have difficulty performing the “occupations” of life.

Some common conditions that occupational therapy assistants work with are: cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing issues, autism, traumatic brain injury, work-related injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, depression, schizophrenia, and many others. Anyone having a condition that impacts their ability to perform daily tasks (occupations) could benefit from occupational therapy.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Barb Kloetzke
763-576-4017

Julie Grivna
763-576-4262

Lea Truchon
763-576-4106

For information regarding the profession of occupational therapy or program related questions, email:
Futureotastudent@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“The Occupational Therapy Assistant teachers at Anoka Technical College genuinely care. If you talk to them [about your unique situation], they will work with you so you can keep learning. They are truly invested in making sure each of their students is the best he or she can be, which is why employers want Anoka Tech graduates.”