OTA Course Sequence Map:
|Tuition ($366/cr hr)||$43,920|
|National Certification Exam||$515|
Two cohorts, each with 24 qualified applicants, will be admitted every academic year: one in the fall term and a second one in the spring term.
OTA courses will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., typically four days per week (Monday through Thursday). Fieldwork I will be offered on a part-time schedule; the two Fieldwork II courses will be offered on a full time schedule, M-F from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on the site.
Typical work sites in Polk County are found in rehabilitation units/centers, general hospitals, outpatient clinics, school systems, private clinics, nursing homes, pediatric agencies, and education. Other sites offering employment opportunities for OTAs include hospital-based psychiatric units, community-based mental health agencies, forensic facilities, and developmental disabilities agencies.
The OTA position may be salaried or hourly, usually 40 hours per week. Click the link below to view salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
After completing all academic and fieldwork affiliations, graduates of the program qualify to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), 1 Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, Phone: 301.990.7979. The examination is offered on-demand, yearlong. Successful completion of this exam credentials graduates as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).
A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification exam.
The State of Florida requires licensure in order to practice as an OTA. Licensure is contingent upon successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Graduates are responsible for requesting information from the state licensing agency and completing requirements for licensure at https://floridasoccupationaltherapy.gov/
A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to attain state licensure.
Please view the Accreditation Status page for the current status of the program.