Online Occupational Therapy Program Overview
Can’t wait to become a certified occupational therapy assistant? Our Occupational Therapy program near Phoenix, Arizona, can accelerate your career in as few as 16 months.
All you need is a high school diploma with a 2.5 GPA or the GED equivalent to begin the admission process, targeting a January, May, or August start date in the program.
How Our Online OTA Program Works
Our 16-month OTA program blends online learning with practical experience to provide a flexible, well-rounded education that spans four full-time semesters.
- Online courses allow you to study at your own pace and attend “class” whenever it best fits into your daily schedule. Instructor deadlines still apply, however.
- Skills labs at our OTA learning site provide a contextual environment for you to learn and practice various mental, cognitive, and physical health-based interventions on fictitious patients.
- Fieldwork in diverse practice settings provides job shadowing opportunities and real-world experience working directly with patients.
Essentially, you learn the fundamentals of the profession online, convert that knowledge into psychomotor skills at our learning site, and then tie everything together within the scope of OTA practice via fieldwork.
After graduating from our OTA program, you will have an associate of science degree that enables you to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) examination.
Once you are certified and licensed to practice, you will be able to pursue employment in any number of practice settings, working with patients of all ages and abilities.
OTA Program Objectives
Committed to your success in the OTA profession, our faculty will regularly assess your knowledge and applied skills to make sure you are keeping pace with the program requirements. Our instructors are also highly available should you have any questions or need help with any of the course materials.
As we prepare you for the OTA profession, it helps to understand the educational intent of our OTA program. The overall learning objectives of the program are as follows:
- Integrate information from biological, physical, and psychosocial sciences to formulate a holistic view of the patient and how illness or disability can affect occupational performance.
- Gather, synthesize, and apply information to formulate conclusions based on clinical reasoning to develop intervention plans that are patient-centered and within the scope of OTA practice.
- Select and implement evidence-based interventions to support participation in areas of occupation throughout the continuum of care and across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills to educate patients, caregivers, and other health professionals within the OTA scope of practice.
- Uphold professional standards and responsibilities to promote ethical practice and appropriate conduct in the OTA role.
Contact us to learn more about what it is like to be a student in our Online OTA program.