New Occupational Therapy Assistant Program!

Beginning Fall of 2012, the MEC will be accepting completed applications to be considered for admission to our exciting new Occupational Therapy Assistant program, which will be officially starting January 2013!

Occupational Therapy is the art and science of helping impaired individuals meet a level of independence needed to perform the roles necessary to live a productive life (occupation) within their environment. These tasks may include: work tasks, play/leisure tasks, or self-care tasks.

What exactly does a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant entail, you ask? As an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) you will work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists to provide rehabilitative services to individuals across the lifespan who have mental, physical, developmental, and/or emotional difficulties. The goal of the OTA is to help clients be able to successfully perform daily activities that promote improved quality of life.

OTAs may work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, outpatient/private practice, and academia, and can look forward to enjoying a number of perks including flexible work hours, good salary, job security, and, most important, a fun and rewarding career path.

Some fun facts to consider about OTA:

  • Employment is expected to increase by 30% through 2018!
  • 94% of OTA graduates were able to secure a job within 8 weeks of graduation
  • Median annual salary: $48,230/year
  • Shortage of OTAs = increased likelihood of better salary, sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement

To be considered for admission to the OTA program, you must first:

  • Complete the NOVA/VCCS application
  • Attend an OTA Information Session
  • Submit High School Diploma or GED
  • Earn a curricular GPA of 2.5 or greater at last school attended (minimum of 13 credits)
  • Complete ENG 111
  • Complete HLT 141 
  • Complete SDV 101 or equivalent
  • Complete BIO 141 – “C” or higher (NAS 161 will be accepted)
  • Complete BIO 142 – “C” or higher (NAS 162 will be accepted)
  • Qualify for placement into MTH 151 or higher on NOVA Math placement tests or transfer equivalent college credit.
  • Complete 16 hours of observation time/volunteer/and/or paid work time with OT/COTA
  • Submit your application within the application period: September 4, 2012 – October 19, 2012

It is important to be aware that applicants to the OTA program are not guaranteed entrance into the program. For the January 2013  cohort, qualified applicants will be accepted based on an approved competitive admissions process. The competitive admissions process will include:

  1. Meeting all of the above admission requirements in full.
  2. Viewing the total number of observation hours in clinical settings.
  3. Viewing the total number of working hours as a rehabilitation technician or therapy aide.
  4. Viewing if a Career Sciences Certification is earned.
  5. Viewing BIO 141 and BIO 142 grades.
  6. Video Interview.

To review the Allied Health Application and for information session dates and times, please see:  http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/info-session/occupational-therapy-assistant.html.