Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.
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.
The program is two years.
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.
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.
Not necessarily. Admission to the OTA program is on a competitive basis.
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.
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.
The OTA program enrolls up to 24 new students each Fall semester and may choose 2 alternates.
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.
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.
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.