Frequently Asked Questions

What is Occupational Therapy?

When I finish the program, will I be a COTA?

How long is the program?

What are the requirements to apply for the program?

How do you select students for the OTA program?

Will I automatically be accepted into the OTA program?

Do I HAVE to meet TSI requirements in order to be admitted to the OTA program?

When should applications be submitted?

How many students do you admit per year and when?

What kind of instruction can I expect during OTA classes?

How is Occupational Therapy different from Physical Therapy?

 Are there any Pre-requisites?

 

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.

 When I finish the program, I will be a COTA?

Not quite. When you finish the program, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, you will become a COTA.

  How long is the program?

The program is two years and eight weeks long.

Are there any requirements to apply to the program?

Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.

  How do you select students for the OTA program?

Because clinical practicum space is limited, students are admitted on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to applicants who have met TSI requirements. Students will be selected based on several factors such as residency, interview performance, and any combination of high school, GPA or equivalent, college GPA and TSI scores; see Admission Point System for more details.

  Will I automatically be accepted into the OTA program?

Not necessarily. Admission to the OTA program is on a competitive basis.

  Do I HAVE to be TSI complete in order to be admitted to the OTA program?

All Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements must be met within the first year of the OTA program (prior to the beginning of the third semester).   For specific information regarding TSI, click here.  Students applying to the OTA program who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher are TSI exempt for the OTA program.

   When should applications be submitted?

You can download an application form from our website at any time and mail to the address on the application. The due date is usually the first Monday of June. The specific date will be posted on the application.

 How many students do you admit per year and when?

The OTA program enrolls up to 24 new students each Fall semester and may choose 2 alternates.

  What kind of instruction can I expect during OTA classes?

Historically, most OTA students are second career, adult learners.  OTA courses are designed to emphasize hands on learning, mentorship, meaningful and job-relevant assignments and the use of technology to enhance instruction.  Almost all OTA courses involve a service learning component, where students learn through engagement in projects designed to enhance the lives of local residents.   This program is designed for active learners who are ready to experience education beyond the lecture podium.

How is Occupational Therapy different from Physical Therapy?

Occupational therapy practitioners provide unique services by using occupations or activities to promote recovery, health and wellness. For example, while a PT or PTA might work with a client on how to use a walker or cane, an OT or OTA would help that same person figure out how to use that walker or cane safely when doing laundry, preparing meals, accessing tight spaces such as the bathroom, etc.

  Are there any Pre-requisites?

No. However, students who plan to apply are encouraged to take any of the non-OTHA courses that are required in the curriculum. Students who have completed the OTA program insist that they were able to focus more on OTA class content haven previously taken courses such as A & P I & II prior to admission. Again, this is not a requirement.