The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares students to work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide patient care in a variety of clinical environments. The mission of the OTA Program at BPCC is to provide students with the academic instruction and support services necessary to earn an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant and graduate well-qualified occupational therapy assistants committed to serving the needs of the regional occupational therapy community. The OTA Program supports OT services that promote the therapeutic use of occupation and activity during the OT process to increase a person's health, wellness and personal satisfaction.
Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in the Occupational Therapy Assistant will have demonstrated the ability to:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Once accreditation of the program has been attained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) curriculum is sequenced in two phases. The first phase consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of general education curriculum (Qualification Courses) that must be successfully completed before a student is eligible to apply for the OTA Program. Admission to the OTA Program is selective and competitive. Completion of the qualification courses does not guarantee admission to the OTA Program. The second phase consists of 34 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory activities, Level I fieldwork experiences, and 8 credit hours of Level II fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork experiences related to occupational therapy are completed under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner in patient care. The Level II fieldwork rotations (8 credit hours) must be completed within 16 months of completion of didactic coursework.
In order to complete the Associate of Applied Science in OTA, program students must pass all program classes with a “C” or better while also maintaining a 2.50** per semester GPA (**not applicable during first program semester). If a program student performs unsatisfactorily, the following actions may result:
A student in good standing may voluntarily withdraw from the program for good cause (i.e. illness, injury, pregnancy, financial hardship, family hardship) and request special consideration for readmission to the program with the following class. The student must submit such a request in writing to the OTA Program Director. It is the discretion of the program director to determine what circumstances constitute “good cause” and which courses the student must repeat or audit upon readmission. If special consideration for readmission is granted, it will only permit the student to admit to the class immediately following the class from which the student voluntarily withdrew.
After completion of the program, OTA Program graduates must take and pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination (NBCOT) to be eligible to apply for a license to practice as an OTA in the state of Louisiana. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification or attain state licensure. Therefore, it is the responsibility of a student with a felony conviction to contact the state licensing board and NBCOT prior to the application process to the program to determine eligibility status.
The Occupational Therapy Program at Bossier Parish Community College does not accept transfer credit for any course in the curriculum having an OCTA prefix, nor does the program award credit for these courses based on experiential/work experiences.
Only applications from students who are enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College and have met all admission requirements will be considered. Objectives, assessment measures, and means of evaluating students for admittance to BPCC based on the Ability to Benefit test are published in the BPCC General Catalog.
The selection process for the OTA program begins each spring. Application packets and detailed instructions on completing and submitting the packet are available on the BPCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program website. Students are selected in May and should be available to begin class in July (summer session). Students must meet program specific criteria in the areas outlined below to be eligible for an interview.
The top 50 applicants who have submitted a complete application packet will be scheduled for an interview with the program Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of their selection status.
A maximum of twenty (20) students per year are accepted into the OTA Program. Selection is based on scores on Academic Rating forms and Clinical Observation Rating forms (required components of the application packet), grade point average, essay, and interview scores. Specific criteria for selection are included on the OTA website.
Students who are selected for the OTA Program must be available for daytime, evening, and occasional weekend classes. In addition, based upon fieldwork site availability, OTA students may be required to complete one or more fieldwork rotations (8 weeks in duration) at an out-of-town facility. These rotations must be completed within 16 months of completion of didactic coursework.
Students selected for program classes must submit all required information for allied health programs and pay a clinical fee, in addition to regular tuition each semester with a fieldwork component.
|(must be completed prior to beginning program classes)|
|ENGL 101:||Composition and Rhetoric I||3|
|ENGL 102:||Composition and Rhetoric II||3|
|MATH 102:||College Algebra||3|
|PSYC 201:||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC 220:||Developmental Psychology||3|
|BLGY 224:||Human Anatomy||3|
|BLGY 224L:||Human Anatomy Lab||1|
|BLGY 225:||Human Physiology||3|
|ALHT 109:||Health Care Systems/Safety||2|
|BLGY 110:||Medical Terminology||3|
|Students must have demonstrated competency in computer literacy and oral communication through completion of a college level computer science and speech courses or by successful completion of competency exams in each area.|
|Total OTA program qualification hours:||30|
|OTA Program Courses|
|(Students are selected by committee to enter the program.)|
|OCTA 200:||Introduction to Occupational Therapy||2|
|OCTA 201:||Human Movement for Occupation||3|
|OCTA 202:||Group Process||2|
|OCTA 203:||Physical Challenges to Occupation||3|
|OCTA 204:||Mental Challenges to Occupation||3|
|OCTA 205:||Developmental Challenges to Occupation||3|
|OCTA 206:||Therapeutic Interventions I||1|
|OCTA 207:||Fieldwork Level I-A with Documentation||2|
|OCTA 210:||OTA Seminar||3|
|OCTA 212:||OT Strategies and Interventions for the Elderly||2|
|OCTA 213:||OT Strategies and Interventions to Physical Challenges||3|
|OCTA 215:||OT Strategies and Interventions to Pediatrics||3|
|OCTA 216:||Therapeutic Interventions II||2|
|OCTA 217:||Fieldwork I-B||2|
|OCTA 220:||Fieldwork Level II - A||4|
|OCTA 221:||Fieldwork Level II - B||4|
|Total credit hours to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant||72|