Occupational Therapy Assistant
Piedmont Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program provides relevant training for students in South Carolina who are planning on a career in the field of Occupational Therapy.
Credentials Offered:Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.)
A Career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant
As only one of four two-year programs in South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a great option for students seeking this in-demand training in the Upstate and Midlands.
Demand for OTA’s is high across the country and especially in South Carolina. The career also offers excellent pay, and good local employment prospects, making the program a great choice for anyone with an interest in health care, and in helping others improve their lives.
The job outlook for this occupation is far above average — an increased demand driven largely by the health needs of the aging baby boomer population.
Special Application Requirements
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework.
What Will I Do as an Occupational Therapy Assistant?
Occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping adolescents and adults who are recovering from injury to regain skills and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Some Job Duties May Include:
- Provide clients with therapeutic activities and exercise programs to improve their lifestyles
- Lead children who have developmental disabilities in play activities that promote coordination and socialization
- Teach clients how to use special equipment; for example, showing a client with Parkinson’s disease how to use devices that make eating easier
- Assist occupational therapists in developing goals for each client
- Assess and document treatment progress under the direction of an occupational therapist
- Assist clients and families with the transitioning process from rehabilitation to home
- Work on a team with physical therapy, nursing and speech therapy staff
Career Quick Facts
- Career Outlook
- Median Salary Average: $63,510
- SC Salary Range: $43,370-$87,010
- 66% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Entry Level Positions
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
The Occupational Therapy program at Piedmont Technical College prepares graduates to attain the required competencies needed to successfully complete the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
The 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. ACOTE 301-652-AOTA (2682) Fax: 301-652-1417. The performance of Piedmont Technical College OTA program graduates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination may be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Process
Occupational Therapy Assistant is a limited enrollment program that has special admissions requirements. These requirements must be completed before you can be accepted.
If you are a new student, there are three key steps to complete before entering the Occupational Therapy Assistant program:
- Step 1: Apply to the college and complete the enrollment process
- Step 2: Take the necessary courses to become Program-Ready
- Step 3: Apply to the program
Are You Program-Ready?
Before applying for program entry, be sure you meet the requirements for acceptance. Start by connecting with an advisor and review program requirements.
We've also provided the resources below to assist you with the program acceptance process.
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Fact Sheet
Fact Sheets are designed for students and advisors to review program-specific requirements and program application procedures. Please make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic goals and progress, and to develop your individualized degree plan.
- Observation Worksheet
Occupational Therapy Assistant applicants must submit proof of completed observation hours before applying to the program. Completed observation worksheets will need to be mailed by the Occupational Therapist directly to the OTA Program Director. Please review the worksheet for more details.
- Application Worksheet
The application worksheet is used to calculate points toward competitive program entry.
- Health Care Program Acceptance Data
- Graduation Plan
Our semester-by-semester graduation plans will show you when required courses in your major are offered. Following this plan will help you stay on track and graduate on time.
Students must complete all level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program (18 months following the last day of the OTA third semester).
Students in the Health Care Certificate that are focusing on Occupational Therapy Assistant should consider the following coursework to complete the appropriate program-ready and general education coursework needed for Occupational Therapy Assistant.
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Handbook
- Student Handbook and Health Care Division Handbook
- Health Care FAQ
We strongly recommend that students review the Health Care Division FAQ to be fully aware of our program entry requirements.
- Guided Pathways
Guided Pathways are designed to assist students in scheduling the order of courses to become program-ready or to complete the Health Care Certificate for their desired program.
Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to become program ready, it’s time to apply to the program.
Applications are accepted for the fall entry into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program on the following schedule
- Application Dates - May 1-16
- Notification of Program Acceptance Emails Sent - Mid-June
Program applications must be submitted during the scheduled dates for this program to be considered.
Note: If you haven't already done so, you must apply to the college before completing the Occupational Therapy Assistant program application.