Central Penn College - Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College

 

Associate Degree

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Central Penn College's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program is the only OTA program in the central Pennsylvania area. Central Penn's program prides itself on hands-on learning experiences and personalized, career-focused support. Offered during the day at our Summerdale campus, this program enrolls students for the spring and fall terms.

Students must be creative and think outside of the box to help someone live with a new challenge they may be facing. Once graduates pass their exam and state licensure requirements, if applicable, they will be able to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) to help people achieve independence and learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful activities and life roles.

We encourage you to visit us for our upcoming OTA Visit Day. Applications are evaluated, and applicants are accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for additional admissions requirements. 

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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here. For program performance data on the NBCOT National Certification Examination, please click here.

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Program Learning Objectives

In the OTA program, students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of human occupation throughout the lifespan and its impact upon development and health and wellness for individuals and populations of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and environmental backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the function of the human body.
  • Describe and apply occupational therapy ethics, theory and models of practice.
  • Administer treatments, assessments and screenings using appropriate procedures and protocols under the direction of an occupational therapist.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Central Penn OTA program requires the following: 

  • Secondary school courses: one unit of high school biology, chemistry, physics or A&P and one unit of algebra 2, geometry, pre-calculus or statistics.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 
  • SAT or ACTs are preferred but not required
  • Observation hours: 8 hours in any setting with occupational therapy
  • References: two professional reference letters are required. 
  • Background checks: PA State Police, FBI, PA Child Abuse History Clearance; drug testing may be required. A felony conviction may affect the student's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination and in order to receive certification and license.
  • In-person interview with on-the-spot writing sample. 
  • Applications are evaluated, and accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Program Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been granted full accreditation by the 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.

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Ph: 267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Student Outcome Information

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

Graduation Rate

2014

10

80%

2015

29

86%

2016

33

83%

Academic Road Map: Traditional Student

Roadmap: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Traditional Student (6 or less transfer credits)

AASOTA

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Catalog Year: 2017-18

This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designed as critical (*) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

MIN. GRADE

MAJOR GPA

PREREQUISITE

TERM 1

*

OTA100 Fundamentals of OT

3

C+

2.33

 

*

ALH120 Anatomy & Physiology

4

C+

2.33

 

 

IDS101 CPC Foundations

3

 

 

 

 

ENG101 English Composition I

3

C

2.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 2

*

OTA108 Therapeutic Techniques I

4

C+

2.33

OTA100 & ALH120

*

ALH130 Anatomy & Physiology II

4

C+

2.33

ALH120

 

ENG102 English Composition II

3

 

 

ENG101

*

BIO105 Human Development

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 3

*

OTA110 Therapeutic Techniques II

4

C+

2.33

ALH130 & OTA108

*

OTA200 Developmental Occupational Therapy

4

C+

2.33

BIO105 & OTA108

*

PSY420 Abnormal Psychology

3

 

 

 

 

ENG110 Oral Communications

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 4

*

OTA205 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

4

C+

2.33

OTA200 & PSY420

 

ALH230 Disease & Diagnostic Methods

3

C

2.33

ALH130

 

SBS Elective

3

 

 

 

 

MTH100-level elective

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 5

*

OTA210 Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehab

4

C+

2.33

OTA110 & OTA205

*

OTA220 Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

3

C+

2.33

OTA205

 

SCI200-level elective

3

 

 

 

 

STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

1

 

 

48 credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 6

*

OTA215 Developing Professional Behaviors

2

C+

2.33

OTA110, OTA200, 60 credits

 

General Elective

3

 

2.33

 

 

General Elective

3

 

 

 

 

HUM200-level elective

3

 

 

 

 

OTA299 Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork

3

 

2.33

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS

OTA CORE HOURS

MINIMUM

 

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

79

36

43

2.5

2.0

Academic Road Map: Transfer Student

Roadmap: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Transfer Students (9 or more credits)

AASOTA

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Catalog Year: 2017-18

This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designed as critical (*) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. 

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

MIN. GRADE

MAJOR GPA

PREREQUISITE

TERM 1

*

OTA100 Fundamentals of OT

3

C+

2.33

 

*

ALH120 Anatomy & Physiology

4

C+

2.33

 

 

IDS101 CPC Foundations

3

 

 

 

 

ENG101 English Composition I

3

C

2.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 2

*

OTA108 Therapeutic Techniques I

4

C+

2.33

OTA100 & ALH120

*

ALH130 Anatomy & Physiology II

4

C+

2.33

ALH120

 

ENG102 English Composition II

3

 

 

ENG101

*

BIO105 Human Development

3

 

 

 

 

MTH100-level elective

3

 

 

 

TERM 3

*

OTA110 Therapeutic Techniques II

4

C+

2.33

ALH130 & OTA108

*

OTA200 Developmental Occupational Therapy

4

C+

2.33

BIO105 & OTA108

*

PSY420 Abnormal Psychology

3

 

 

 

 

ENG110 Oral Communications

3

 

 

 

 

General Elective

3

 

 

 

TERM 4

*

OTA205 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

4

C+

2.33

OTA200 & PSY420

 

ALH230 Disease & Diagnostic Methods

3

C

2.33

ALH130

*

OTA215 Developing Professional Behaviors

2

C+

2.33

OTA110, OTA200, 60 credits

 

SBS Elective

3

 

 

 

 

HUM200-level elective

3

 

 

 

 

General Elective

3

 

 

 

TERM 5

*

OTA210 Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehab

4

C+

2.33

OTA110 & OTA205

*

OTA220 Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

3

C+

2.33

OTA205

 

SCI200-level elective

3

 

 

 

*

STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

1

 

 

48 credits

 

OTA299 Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork

3

 

2.33

 

TERM 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS

OTA CORE HOURS

MINIMJM

 

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

79

36

43

2.5

2.0

 

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