Tyler Junior College

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Overview

BE ADVISED: The TJC Testing Center will NOT be giving the HESI Exam between April 30 and May 9 due to final exams.  The Testing Center will resume giving the HESI test starting Monday, May 12.

“Young or old, we all have a job to do—the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the “occupations” of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges often prevent people from fully participating in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent. Occupational therapy – a vibrant, growing profession—makes it possible for people to achieve independence and enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.” (AOTA, 2014)

A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)* works under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) in various settings including homes, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clinics, and community centers.

Applicant Timeline Spring 2014

  • April 8, 2014 Information Session Pirtle 350 2-4 p.m.
  • April 14, 2014 Open applications
  • May 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Close Applications
  • Week of June 2 Contact Applicants for Interviews
  • June 7 Interviews for OTA Program Applicants
  • June 10, 2014 Letters mailed to Interviewed Applicants

Certification:

After successfully completing the program, OTA students will be eligible to sit for the National Exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, the state of Texas requires licensure to practice. Licensure involves a separate application process and is based on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure.

Accreditation:

The OTA Program at TJC has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Majors:

Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)

Professional Organizations:

Faculty

Elizabeth Olivier, MHS, LOT
Professor/Department Chair
eoli@tjc.edu | 903-510-2362
Jennifer Garner, OTR
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
jgar@tjc.edu | 903-510-2137
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/OTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant Contact Information

Elizabeth Olivier, MHS, LOT Professor/Department Chair Occupational Therapy Assistant

Email: eoli@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2362