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?

Why do I have to submit official transcripts tot he admissions office and with my application?

 

 

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.

Are there any requirements or pre-requisites to apply to the program?

Yes, Applicants must obtain full admission to Panola College, complete the pre-requisites on the Admission Point System; and 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?

The application is located on our website and is available from January to June.  The application should be filled out online then printed off and mailed along with official transcripts 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.

Why do I have to submit two sets of transcripts?

Official transcripts are required in the admissions office for all students who apply to Panola College so that a transcript evaluation can be done to determine which courses will transfer in.  A separate set of official transcripts must be submitted with the OTA application so that the overall GPA can be calculated.