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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Profession

Occupational Therapy is a health profession focused on helping people of all ages develop, regain, or master everyday living skills for independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

The two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at JSCC combines academic and fieldwork training to prepare students for a career in Occupational Therapy.

Program Outcomes: Completion and Certification

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Certification Exam

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

State Licensure

Tennessee requires licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. All applicants for Tennessee licensure must pass the NBCOT certification examination, in addition to other requirements. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. If students have questions or concerns regarding criminal history and employment eligibility, please contact the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy at (615) 532-3202 or (800) 778-4123, or NBCOT at Phone: (301) 990-7979

For further questions or concerns regarding ACOTE, the following address is available:

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-2682
Fax: (301) 652-7711
TDD: 800-377-8555
www.aota.org
www.acoteonline.org
Email: accred@aota.org

For further questions regarding NBCOT:
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Fax: (301) 869-8492
Email: info@nbcot.org
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tuition and Fees

  • Based on 2019-2020 In State Rates
  • Costs are approximate and are subject to change. All Jackson State Community College students pay the same tuition rates subject to residency status as published in the Tuition and Fees section of the current Jackson State Community College Catalog.
  • Estimated total includes General Education Courses

The following are approximate costs for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program by Semester.  These costs are approximate and may change. OTA Program fees (not including tuition) are non-refundable

Expense Semester I Fall Semester II Spring Semester III (Summer) Semester IV Fall Semester V Level  II Fieldwork Spring
Tuition $2856.00 (PSYC 1030 and ENGL 1010 included) $2856.00 $1,344.00  (COMM 2025 and Humanities included) $2016.00 $2016.00
Textbooks And Supplies ~$550.00 $400.00 ~$150.00 ~$650.00 $100
Uniforms OT t-shirts ~ $150.00 ~$50.00        
Criminal Background Check $29.50 X X Background Check update if needed: $29.50  
Drug Screen-may be required to do additional per clinical site ~$38.75 X X $38.75 if needed X
My Record Tracker Fee (covers access while enrolled in program) ~$17.50 X X $7.50 X  
Professional liability insurance ~$11.05 X X ~$11.05 X
Lab supplies (Not Available at Bookstore) See below        
Splinting Material X X X ~$75.00 X    
Hip Replacement Kit ~$40.00 X X X X
JSCC SOTA Organization $40.00 X X $40.00 X
Travel/Parking Fees for Clinical (will vary) ~$50.00 (May Vary) $300   $50.00 (May Vary) $500 (May Vary)
CPR Certification (AHA Basic Life Support of Health Providers)     $50.00 X X X     X
Immunization Requirements and physical examination $300.00 Insurance will vary X X X X
AOTA Membership AOTA $75.00   X X AOTA $75.00   X
Practice NBCOT exam x x x x $30
NBCOT Study Pack $75.00 X X X X
Therapy Ed review course X X X $70 Therapy Ed Book X
State of Tennessee Licensing Fee X X X X $75.00
Examination Fee X X X X $555.00  
Distance Education $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Health Science Fee (Gen Ed Credits Included) $425.00 $425.00 $200 $300 $300
Estimated Total $4757.80 $3,981.00 $1694.0 $3362.80 $3576.00
Grand Total         $17,371.60

X = No cost during that semester

~ = Approximate

CPR Certification must be American Heart Association Healthcare Provider and include Adult, Child, Infant, Conscious, Unconscious, and Choking victims. Certifications must be obtained prior to registration and must remain current for the entire program of study.

Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevar, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org