Keys to Success
A successful Occupational Therapy Assistant is committed to knowledgeable and ethical patient care. Professionalism in classroom and clinical settings is a must. Good communication skills with medical providers, patients and their families are also vital to success in this career. If you are compassionate, motivated, and disciplined, this is the program for you.
South College is committed to helping you reach your goals and provides many avenues for support, from free tutoring to frequent access to experienced faculty members. We endeavor to match students with the best fieldwork experiences possible. Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program leave well-prepared to meet the demands of a challenging and fulfilling career.
Accreditation or Approval
The South College Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited 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, www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652- AOTA. Accreditation was granted in April 2014 for 7 years with the next site visit to be scheduled during the 2020/2021 academic year.
The South College Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered at the Knoxville campus has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org
. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before 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). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. The program is scheduled to submit a full Report of Self-Study on November 1, 2018, and is scheduled for an initial on-site in the April-July 2019 timeframe.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 116
Degree Length: 24 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.