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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

occupational therapy

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. 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.

Pre-requisite requirements:

9 hours of coursework:

  • ENGL 1311 - English Composition I
  • MATH 1302 - College Algebra
  • PSYC 2300 - Psychology & the Human Experience

6-8 hours of observation with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. (Paperwork included in application packet.)

ACT Score of 20 required., 21 preferred (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.

Program Cost

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.

Application and Advising

Students who are enrolled at UA-PTC or started the admissions process can make an advising appointment by logging on to the Campus Portal and clicking the Advising Appointment button.

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