Occupational Therapy Assistant Program through the East Tennessee Alliance
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) use purposeful activities to help a person maintain or restore the highest level of independence possible in activities meaningful to that person. Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient centers, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, community programs, home health agencies, and mental health agencies.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program offered through Roane State Community College (RSCC) consists of three semesters of academic preparation followed by one semester of full-time fieldwork experience. The OTA curriculum includes a blend of online and hybrid courses coupled with face-to-face labs. Students seeking admission through the East Tennessee Alliance (ETA) must be a current or former student at Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC) who have completed a minimum of 12 hours at CSCC prior to applying to the OTA program. Program general education requirements should be taken at CSCC. Recommend completion of General Education Requirements prior to entering OTA program. Up to 10 qualified applicants will be admitted to the ETA cohort each year.
All OTA students admitted will use distance education technologies to engage with the instructor, course content, and peers. All students travel weekly to the Oak Ridge Branch Campus (ORBC) of RSCC for face-to-face labs. Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are completed in traditional and non-traditional practice settings. Placement decisions are based on factors such as site availability, alignment with program philosophy, and geographic proximity to the student. Clinical assignments for ETA students will be made at agencies and institutions in proximity to CSCC when possible.
For more information and detailed admission procedures http://www.roanestate.edu/?5979-Occupational-Therapy-Assistant