Employment for OTAs is expected to grow 40 percent through 2024 (much faster than the average for all occupations).
UC students gain a strong foundation in the marketable skills and knowledge needed for their field.
A supportive learning environment that encourages and motivates students.
Opportunities to work with community programs, including area service dog training and horseback riding therapy.
Accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Currently Accredited through 2021.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Ln. Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
1-800-SAY-AOTA (for members)
1-301-652-6611 (for non-members)www.acoteonline.org
National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Ave
Gaithersburg MD. 20877
301-990-7979Certification Exam Results
Occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate to be able to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). OTA students learn a range of occupational therapy interventions, include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Our program consists of both classroom instruction and clinical experience. It is divided into preclinical studies, clinical year and level II fieldwork. Courses include biology, psychology, communications, medical terminology, clinical kinesiology, physical performance and more. Students participate in outside the classroom work as well, providing a foundation of experience.
Students must first gain general admission to the University of Charleston prior to acceptance into the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
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Download the University of Charleston-Beckley Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Felony Conviction Statement.
Explanation of questions concerning history of conviction of crime other than a minor traffic violation.
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Credits / Course / Title
7 Total credits
13 Total credits
12 Total credits
18 Total credits
15 Total credits
14 Total credits
79 Degree Total
Documentation of 20 volunteer hours w/OTA or OTR
2 Letters of recommendation from someone other than family members.
Letters of reference and documentation of volunteer hours are due by March 15 each year.
GPA of 2.5 or higher
Students must demonstrate basic computer proficiency or will have to participate in a UC computer seminar.
Total for 3 year Cohort is 83%. This indicates the percentage of students who took and passed the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation
The job market for OTA graduates is excellent. UC graduates have opportunities around West Virginia to work in a range of settings and with a variety of populations.
From the elderly to the young, from psychiatric patients to injured workers, graduates work in wellness centers, rehab organizations, outpatient clinics, and university settings. Some students pursue a master's degree directly from the associate degree; several bridge programs in the area make this possible.
Occupational therapy career opportunities are available both nationally and internationally.
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