Occupational Therapy Assistants work with Occupational Therapists in assessing patient's needs, determining therapeutic goals, planning and implementing treatment. OTAs provide treatment to people who are limited by physical injury/illness, mental health problems, developmental disabilities, or the aging process.
A first step is www.aota.org and peruse the website. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY - CLICK HERE. Online search for information about occupational therapy. You Tube search for occupational therapy. Attend an OTA Program Preview meeting - next session listed on the OTA Home Page....
Physical therapy focuses on use of treatment techniques to promote pain free movement, prevent disability and develop fitness/wellness programs to increase active lifestyles. Occupational therapy helps an individual live life to its fullest. OT teaches individuals who have physical or cognitive changes techniques to help increase independence all the every day things that one must do to live life. For stories about OT cases: http://www.aota.org/Consumers.aspx
Two years (beginning in the Summer semester).
Biology 144 & 145 or Biology 140 & 141 or
equivalent. Total minimum (8 units). A grade of "C"
or better is required in all prerequisite courses.
Bio 140 or Bio 145 must be completed no longer than 5 years from the date of application to the OTA Program.
Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Applicants taking the anatomy and physiology as a part 1 and part 2 combination are highly recommended to take both at the same institution. Students need to contact the counseling department of the college where the course is to be taken to determine equivalency based on course descriptions and comparison prior to taking the course. The OTA Program determines equivalency of prerequisites at the time of application. The following links can be used as a resource:
Grossmont College Articulation
Equivalency chart takes you to nursing page and click on equivalents - THE OTA PROGRAM UTILIZES THE SAME EQUIVALENCIES FOR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY AS THE NURSING PROGRAM to determine what courses from other colleges are acceptable prerequisites. If you are taking anatomy and physiology at Grossmont College you will need to take Bio 120 as a prerequisite.
Students must have basic computer skills, access to internet service, access to a computer with camera/microphone, and a smartphone to be successful in the OTA Program. The OTA Program utilizes Canvas for all courses. There are hybrid courses and online courses included in the OTA Program. Students in the OTA Program will need basic skills in and access to e-mail, the internet, Zoom, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, video creation apps, and Canvas. The college does offer an open hours computer lab schedule in the Learning Resource Center and Health Professions Computer Lab. To determine if you are ready for online learning, please click on the following link and go through the tutorials and questionnaire:http://www.gcccd.edu/online/student/default.html Step 4 of the tutorial covers Canvas basics. Please click on the Online Resources/Professional Resources link to the left.
The OTA Program does not require volunteer hours for application. If you are interested in volunteering or observation hours, you will need to arrange for these opportunities on your own. The OTA Program is not able to arrange volunteer or observation opportunities.
No. Prerequisites are required to apply to the program. Please see application process.
Most clinical health facilities will not accept students using medical marijuana for clinical rotations. Inasmuch as clinical rotations are required for all students, Grossmont College is unable to accept students into the OTA Program who are currently using or plan to use marijuana, including medical marijuana, during their enrollment in the OTA Program.
Grossmont College OTA Program requires completion of FS 120 in order to complete the major requirements. If you have already met your General Education requirements for social sciences cleared through counseling, the OTA Program Director may consider Developmental Psychology coursework as equivalent if the course description and content covers human development from birth to death (entire lifespan). The OTA Program will determine this at time of application and cannot do so before time of application. You will need to use your best judgment to determine if your if your course is equivalent to FS 120 based on the above guidelines. Current OTA students may e-mail the program director a copy of the course description to request a modification.
The OTA Program seats 26 students each summer.
The OTA Program does not currently require the TEAS examination to be completed for entry.
Click HERE for an activity that will help you determine if you have time in your life for this program.
Application is open year round. PLEASE CLICK ON APPLICATION PROCESS TAB
Students are not eligible to decline without a Physician's statement documenting an adverse reaction or a statement from their pastor indicating refusal for religious reasons. Clinical sites make the final decision on if they will accept a declination form.
No. Your completed OTA Application Packet must be hand delivered. If you live outside of San Diego County, you may mail in your completed packet.
All students who have only attended high school, junior college or have a GED must turn in a copy of a high school diploma or transcripts. If you have an AA or higher you are not required to turn in high school or GED information. International applicants are required to submit a Grossmont College accepted credential evaluation service, for review of transcripts for proof of high school and college/university coursework. Foreign transcripts: Beginning July 2017, Grossmont College accepts the evaluations of foreign transcripts from only those agencies that are current members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluations Services). For a current list of agencies visit: www.naces.org.
No, proof of higher degrees must come from regionally accredited institutions. If you do not have another degree from a regionally accredited institution, you will need to provide proof of high school completion. If your high school was completed in another country, you will be required to submit an IERF (International Education Research Foundation, Inc.) or a Grossmont College accepted credential evaluation service, for review of transcripts for proof of high school and college/university coursework.
At time of application.
There is currently no waitlist.
When your OTA Application Packet is received in the OTA Office, the students name is placed on a list, a file folder is made and an e-mail will go to the student. *You must keep your e-mail and contact information current in the OTA Office. If you have a Yahoo or Hotmail account, the OTA Program may not be able to successfully contact you with updated information or with an invitation to the program. Please obtain an alternate email account when applying to the OTA Program; we cannot accept your application if you indicate a Yahoo or Hotmail account. Always check your spam and junk mail. It is the student's responsibility to check with the OTA Program if they do not receive a letter and feel they should have.
It is recommended that you complete all of your general education courses. If you have already done that, you can take courses in American Sign Language, gerontology, psychology, kinesiology, Yoga and Tai Chi. You may also want to consider taking courses at the Health Occupations Center in Santee to help you prepare to enter the health care field by going to their link at http://hoc.guhsd.net/ You can peruse the internet under such topics as occupational therapy, AOTA, OTAC Online to explore the profession. You can volunteer in health care facilities, community service programs and school based programs to learn about interacting with persons through the lifespan. You cannot take OTA courses in the OTA Program while you are on the waitlist. You must be accepted into the program cohort in order to take OTA courses.
Yes all communications with students are via e-mail. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they check their e-mail account is NOT through Yahoo or Hotmail and notify the OTA Program of the new e-mail. Also it is the responsibility of the student to adjust their mailbox to allow mail from the college and to check their spam/junk mail.
The salary range varies for a newly graduated OTA; however, the starting rate is approximately $22-30 an hour for an entry level position, depending on the facility.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics states: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312011.htm#ind
Yes, the graduated needs to pass a National Certification Exam through NBCOT. Additionally, licensure is required by most states.
Grossmont College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the American Association of Junior Colleges, the Community College League of California, and the National Commission on Accrediting. Appropriate courses are fully accepted on transfer by the University of California, The California State College system, and by private four-year colleges and universities.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 and the phone number is 301-652-6611. www.acoteonline.org is the link to their website.
Accreditation allows graduates who have completed the Associate Degree program to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Those who pass the exam earn the title Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Students in default of a student loan may be ineligible to obtain a license to practice occupational therapy. Be sure to check with the state licensing board in the state youwish to practice prior to applying to the OTA Program.
Individuals considering entering or currently enrolled in the OTA Program at Grossmont College who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime are urged to contact NBCOT at (301) 990-7979 for advisement and planning prior to continuing in the program. Persons on probation are not eligible to apply or be accepted into the OTA Program. Failure to pass either or both the background check or drug screening procedures will interfere with clinical placements and may influence eligibility for licensure and/or NBCOT testing and/or employment. Applicants with any issues that may flag the background check and/or drug screening should contact the Dean of Allied Health and Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program. **Even if you have passed a prior background check, LiveScan often shows additional items from the past including expunged issues. Graduates are sometimes surprised that they are having difficulty obtaining employment due to not clearing a LiveScan for employment after clearing all the background requirements for the program clinicals, NBCOT testing, and CBOT licensing.**
An Associate in Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. To find out what the G.E. requirements are, you will need to contact the Grossmont College Counseling Department.
Yes, however, you should check with the college or university that you are interested in transferring to for course acceptance. There are colleges that offer bridging programs from OTA to OT. For more information go to www.aota.org
***EFFECTIVE APRIL 2015: Readmission - Students who leave the OTA Program in good academic, clinical and professional behavior standing may be readmitted one time, upon recommendation of the OTA Faculty. Students who leave the Program due to academic failure will not be eligible for readmission. Special consideration may be given in extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the OTA Faculty and Program Director.