Occupational therapy assistants make a difference in people's lives by helping them be as independent as possible when physical, psychological, or social challenges prevent them from doing everyday things that give their lives meaning. They work with clients from newborn to older adults in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools and nursing homes.
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. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program 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.
Program of Study
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 www.acoteonline.org. 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.