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An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) is a professional responsible for assisting occupational therapists through performing daily duties, providing clerical assistance, and treating patients regularly as part of a regiment outlined by their supervisor. Occupational therapy are  responsible for treating patients under duress through education, treatment, preventative care, and exercise therapy. Individuals work closely with their patients and must be familiar with the various machines and techniques used to assist them in recuperation and training. Individuals in this field are required to stand for excessive periods of time and must be able to maintain a pleasant and positive demeanor with clients and patients.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$59,530

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

37.74%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

38,170

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Schools

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited articles, Rutgers is ranked quite high among other U.S. universities. It is ranked second in mathematics education, third in Italian Language and Literature, third in Women's and Gender Studies, and fifth in Global Affairs and Atmospheric Science.

Rutgers provides degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, as well as continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers offers a variety of educational program options from elementary school students to state policymakers.  Many working professionals or busy parents can benefit from the flexibility offered by Rutgers' online courses, satellite campuses, certificate programs, professional education and lifelong learning programs.

History

Rutgers University is the nation's eighth oldest institution of higher learning and has a very rich history of innovation and leadership.  Rutgers boasts many renowned alumni that include award-winning scientists, authors, astronauts, actors, military officers, members of U.S. Congress, athletes and a vice president of the United States.

Rutgers was chartered nearly 245 years ago as Queen's College, a Dutch Reformed college created to train church clergy and also provide general education.  In 1825, Queen's College was renamed Rutgers College in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers, a hero of the revolutionary war.

Academics

At Rutgers University, students and lifelong learners can choose from diverse degree and study programs at campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.  Students can fulfill major requirements toward a degree or elect to learn about a subject of interest.  Classes are available during the days or evenings, depending on the program and location.

Rutgers University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with a fall and spring semester as well as a summer session.

Colleges / Schools

There are 27 schools and colleges on three campuses at Rutgers University, offering comprehensive degree programs at all levels as well as professional and continuing studies.

New Brunswick Campus:

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Communication and Information

School of Engineering

School of Management and Labor Relations

School of Social Work

College of Nursing

Graduate School - New Brunswick

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Graduate School of Education

Newark Campus:

Newark College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Newark

College of Nursing

Graduate School - Newark

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Criminal Justice

School of Law - Newark

School of Public Affairs and Administration

Camden Campus:

Camden College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Camden

School of Business - Camden

Graduate School - Camden

School of Law - Camden

Student Life

Rutgers University holds an annual "Fall Involvement Fair" on its Voorhees Mall where students can learn about all the clubs and activities available to them at the university.  So numerous are the student organizations and clubs at Rutgers that they are broken down into categories: academic, cultural, media/publications, performing arts, and social and political act

Students new to campus can join one of many orientation programs to learn about the university, college life and all the activities available.  There are six different student centers at Rutgers-New Brunswick, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a climbing well, roller hockey rink and sports facilities. 

Fraternities and Sororities

Greek life is a longstanding tradition at Rutgers University, where the first Greek letter fraternities, Delta Phi and Zeta Psi were founded in 1845. Fraternities at that time were considered subversive and forbidden by the faculty, so they continued as secret societies.

Today the fraternities and sororities at Rutgers are out in the open and there is a thriving Greek community with more than 70 fraternities and sororities on its campuses.

There are "traditional" fraternities and sororities as well as those that are historically African-American, Latino/a, Asian-interest and more.  Different chapters hold annual events that range from formal dances to social mixers and barbecues.

Traditions

There are many traditional school songs at Rutgers, dating back to 1873.  "The Rutgers History Lesson" provides an overview of the rich history of the university, as well as its Dutch heritage and participation in the American Revolutionary War.

The 1947 screen musical, "High Button Shoes," was set in New Brunswick, New Jersey and featured the school's song titled "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers."

"On the Banks of the Old Raritan" the Rutgers Alma Mater was created in 1847 and was first performed by the Rutgers Glee Club.

When cheering on a Rutgers athletics team, the fans in the stands will shout the traditional Rutgers cheer of "RU, rah, rah!"

Athletics

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights boast a winning football team that is the only NCAA Division I football team in the Greater New Jersey/New York area.  The football team also scores well in its academic progress.  There are many strong collegiate sports at Rutgers including women's basketball, men's baseball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and volleyball, among others.

In addition to its many varsity athletics, Rutgers offers numerous intramural sports leagues throughout the year.  More information on all Rutgers athletics can be found at Scarletknights.com.

Satellite Campuses

Rutgers University is made up of three campuses: Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden.  The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is actually made up of five campuses: Busch Campus, George H. Cook Campus, College Avenue Campus and Douglass Campus.

Community Life

The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University has ivy covered buildings and the wide, open lawns of a historical university that dates back to 1766. The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is situated in a lively urban area that has many art galleries, theatres and cafes, as well as nearby hiking trails, a golf course and the Rutgers Stadium.

There are many residential communities and living options on the Rutgers campuses.  A women-only residential hall is offered on Douglass Campus.  Other options include a science and engineering hall that also offers skills development programs.  There is a house for adult students who are either returning to college or entering college more than five years after finishing high school.

Acceptance Rate

61.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Career Training Solutions understands that advancements in education and training are made each day. It is our goal to prepare our students for the changes in industry by providing quality education and training that is focused on hands-on experiences using the most current technology available.

History

Career Training Solutions (CTS) was established on April 27, 1998, as the Health and Beauty Academy, Inc., in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Health and Beauty Academy offered programs in European Skin Care, Body Spa and Wellness, Esthetics, Electrolysis, and Professional Massage Therapy. In October of 2000, ownership of the Health and Beauty Academy changed, and the school was renamed Career Training Solutions (CTS).

The new management of Career Training Solutions implemented stronger curricula to the programs already offered. In addition, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Specialist, Phlebotomy, and Practical Nurse programs were implemented. CTS attained national accreditation with the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education (COE) in February 2002. In 2008 CTS offered its first degree granting program, the Registered Nurse program, and will continue to look for new education alternatives to better serve the community.

Today Career Training Solutions remains committed to providing quality education to its students and to enhancing the prosperity of the communities we serve.

Acceptance Rate

63.89

Tuition

$31,479 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

5:1

Howard University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Howard University has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1410 - 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Howard University. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were accepted at Howard University, with 31 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at howard.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $22,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $13,000 each year. Howard University may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Howard University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.howard.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Stanbridge University, formerly known as Stanbridge College, is located in Irvine, California and is a private technical college providing degrees and certificate programs to students and adults. The school operates from it Irvine campus, but also offers online courses through its Stanbridge University Edverum. The school also operates a career services department which assists students with job placement opportunities after graduation.

Stanbridge University offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health. Stanbridge offers locations in Orange County and Los Angeles and has annual enrollment of over 1,800 students.  The school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Stanbridge University offers programs for diplomas and degrees in Vocational Nurse (VN), Occupational Therapy (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), and Veterinary Technology (VT). Online degree programs include Bachelor Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The University also offers services for students and graduates to guide them through their education and assist with early career development. 

Academics

Stanbridge University offers diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree and master degree programs in high demand fields. The school focuses on allied health and technical/computer based programs, offering a high quality education in those fields. The length of the programs varies based on the degree or certificate pursued. Both online and on campus programs are designed to offer flexible schedules for students who may otherwise have difficulty pursuing an education due to other commitments.

Programs offered include:

  • Vocational Nurse, Diploma
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Occupational Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology
  • RN to BSN Degree Completion
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Admissions and Financial Aid

Stanbridge University is a private college offering both campus-based and online degrees in Nursing and Allied Health.

Stanbridge is committed to your success as a student. We pride ourselves in offering high quality learning opportunities to our students in a supportive environment designed to ensure their success. Our caring and knowledgeable faculty challenge students to reach their highest potential. We welcome students of diverse interests and ages as well as those of different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds. Our flexible programs are tailored to meet individual needs and graduate students who possess ability, conviction and a passion to succeed.

Acceptance Rate

63.33

Tuition

$33,751 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Fox College is an institution of higher learning that combines general education and professional education in applied programs that prepare motivated students for success in specialized careers.

For over 75 years, Fox College has helped graduates Finish First. We know that your time, your money, and your future are important to you. That's why Fox College's programs are designed to get you the quality training you need QUICKLY and AFFORDABLY.  Our programs are designed to be completed by full-time students in 10-18 months, depending on the program and diploma or degree option that you choose.

Fox College offers a combination of applied associate degrees and diplomas in 8 different program areas. Each program's curriculum has been designed by faculty and industry professionals to emphasize what employers need in their new hires.

Fox College offers programs in:

  • Business
  • Design and Technology
  • Health Care

Acceptance Rate

61.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Cabarrus College is a degree granting institution specializing in health sciences.  It is located on the campus of one of the part hospitals in the Carolinas Health System – the Carolinas Medical Center Northeast in Concord, North Carolina.

Cabarrus offers an Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) and a baccalaureate degree program for existing Registered Nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  The ADN requires a total of 72 hours of coursework and has several prerequisites for admission, including two letters of recommendation, an essay, and a formal interview.  The proximity of the Medical Center enables substantial clinical experience in multiple hospital situations.  An ADN takes 2 years of full time attendance for completion at a tuition cost $5,520 per semester for a 12-16 hour course load.  The Associate Degree in Nursing from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).   For academic years 2010 through 2012 93% of Cabarrus graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.

The BSN program is completed almost entirely online, with only one course requiring 3 on campus meetings.   The program takes 6 semesters full-time, but part-time arrangements are available.  The College offers a helpful set of tips for Distance Learning as well as an Online Readiness Assessment to ensure your compatibility with online coursework.  The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Acceptance Rate

27.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

Acceptance Rate

69.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

College of St Catherine, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately 5,300 students enroll at College of St Catherine yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs St. Kate offers:

  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Library Science
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Most students at St. Kate scored in a range of 22 to 26 on the ACT. St. Kate has an admissions rate of 56% of which only 25% chose to attend.  For additional information about admissions information, prospective students can call St. Catherine's or simply request information from this page. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $26,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $4,900 for the year. Some students at College of St Catherine may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans. College of St Catherine offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division III)
To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at stkate.edu.

Acceptance Rate

67.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

The St Louis College of Health Careers offers a wide range of career options in the health field. The goals of the college is to provide all students with a flexible and supportive place to learn, to create graduates that will be self sufficient, to provide career training opportunity and to help with career preparation and job search.

The Fenton campus is conveniently located only 3 minutes west of I-270 on I-44 at Bowles exit. 

Admission to St Louis College of Health Careers is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED.  To complete the application process, you will need to fill out an admission application and enrollment agreement, provide proof of high school diploma or equivalency and college transcripts if applicable and complete financial aid forms. 

The St Louis College of Health Careers offers excellent medical training in fields such as Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding. 

The St Louis College of Health Careers provides its graduates with career counseling and job placement services.  Support includes resume writing, interviewing skills and professional development.

Acceptance Rate

100

Tuition

$30,466 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

30:1

New England Institute of Technology, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Warwick, Rhode Island, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. New England Tech has an annual student enrollment of nearly three thousand.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs New England Tech offers:

  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Mechanic And Repair Technology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communication Technology

The school has an open enrollment policy, accepting any students that meet the minimum requirements for admission. Submission of transcripts, records, test scores, and personal statements may be needed for certain programs.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $22,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Students can take a look at the school's http://www.neit.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

63.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia, was established in 1910 as a women's institution dedicated to producing teachers for Virginia's planned expansion of its education system. Over the years the school grew in scope, offering a variety of educational opportunities for women. In the 1970's Virginia began the process of dismantling gender segregation from its public schools resulting in the renaming of Radford University and the eventual admission of men to the school. Today the school continues to grow, providing new programs of study as well as the renovation of existing facilities and the construction of new buildings to provide even more educational opportunities for students.

Academics

Radford University offers a plethora of programs aimed at providing students a wide variety of choices in regards to their education and future. Radford offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a large number of minor studies to accompany majors. The school also offers certificate programs in a small number of fields. The school is dedicated to academic excellence, and to that end is constantly reviewing programs and modernizing facilities to ensure that information and services are up to date. Such dedication guarantees that graduates will have received a quality education from which to build their career.

Programs offered include:

Admissions

Students interested in attending Radford University must complete and submit the admissions application along with any relevant transcripts and test scores. The school highly recommends that students interested in attending take the time to visit the campus either through an open house event or scheduled appointment. Students will be evaluated based on their transcripts, test scores and application and will receive notification of admission shortly after submission. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. Interested students should visit the financial aid office and speak with a counselor to begin the application process and determine if and which awards an individual may be eligible for.

Athletics

The Radford Highlanders compete in the Big South Conference of the NCAA. The school operates 19 athletic programs for men and women. The men's rugby club has won two national championships, and is the only Radford Athletic team to have won a championship, though the men's basketball  and tennis team, as well as the women's softball team have won Big South Conference tournaments.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball and Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball
  • Field Hockey

Acceptance Rate

75.32

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Newman University is a nonprofit private institution located in Wichita, Kansas and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at Newman University is nearly two thousand per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. The most common exam scores among applicants admitted to Newman University are between 21 - 27 for the ACT exam, or 1360 - 1810 for the SAT exam. 43% of applicants are admitted to Newman University, of which 15% choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $24,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may check the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is about $4,000. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans.

The Newman University Jets participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)
  • Softball (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the school's http://www.newmanu.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

67.47

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Acceptance Rate

88.35

Tuition

$43,552 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

36:1

Acceptance Rate

93.38

Tuition

$15,840 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

35:1

Arkansas State University is a public university that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in a predominantly urban area. Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled annually at Arkansas State University. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process will include the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1260 - 1555 on the SAT and within the range of 20 - 26 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Arkansas State University. This school accepts roughly 60% of applicants. Of those accepted, about 51% registered for enrollment. More information on admissions can be found at astate.edu/admissions. Tuition & fees at Arkansas State University are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs approximately $7,600 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $13,000 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for Arkansas State University is the "Red Wolves", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Available sports offered:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
Contact information, admission forms, areas of study, and more may be accessed on school's website at www.astate.edu or http://degree.astate.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

79.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Herzing University, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been offering computer and technical training since 1965. The school has since expanded its offerings to include programs in business and allied health. The school began expanding its campuses, with locations currently available in eight states. Alongside the physical expansion, the school upped its offerings from diplomas to associate, bachelor at physical campuses and master degrees through the online campus.

Academics

Herzing University offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in growing industries.  The move away from diplomas to actual degrees means that the school provides general education courses alongside required courses. The program offerings are placed in one of five categories: Healthcare, Business, Public Safety, Design and Technology.

Programs offered at Herzing University include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at Herzing University can apply online or in person. Either way, students must make an appointment for an interview, where an admissions officer will review the application and review one's aptitude and placement. Financial Aid is available through a variety of means, including federal loans and grants, veteran's benefits, institutional grants and others. Students interested in receiving financial aid must obtain a federal PIN number and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After the FAFSA has been submitted a student aid report will be provided which will be used to determine financial aid eligibility and awards.

Acceptance Rate

79.31

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Are you interested in starting a healthcare career in a Christian atmosphere? Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock offers 12-month certificate programs as well as three year nursing programs and many two year programs in between such as Radiology, Medical Technology, and Occupational Therapy Assisting. BHSLR even offers a Bachelor's degree in nursing to be completed at Arkansas Tech University or the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. BHSLR also has a partnership with local Pulaski College to offer general education classes to certificate students.

BHSLR is a small private healthcare college with just over 800 students. The school is located in the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas; the largest city in the state, full of cultural and historic attractions. There are eight local hospitals, so students will have many opportunities for internships and hands-on training.

Pre-school is available at a reduced rate at the Baptist Health Center for students of BHSLR. Academic, mental health and spiritual counseling are available for students as well as financial aid and a clinic on site for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

Tuition varies between different programs. Please go to https://www.bhslr.edu/prospective-students/application-information/application/ for more information and apply today!

Acceptance Rate

100

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Siena Heights University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Adrian, Michigan, it resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Enrollment at Siena Heights University exceeds 2,400 per year.

Students may pick from several areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by the admissions committee. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to apply to Siena Heights University. Scores within the range of 18 - 23 on the ACT or 911 - 1068 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of admission. 55% of students that apply are admitted to this school, of which 31% choose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $23,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's price of attendance calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Some students at Siena Heights University may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided as grants or student loans.

Athletic programs are available at Siena Heights University through the NAIA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)

Contact information, tuition information, areas of study, and much more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.sienaheights.edu.

Acceptance Rate

73.4

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

University of the Incarnate Word is a nonprofit private institution located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 7,200 students are enrolled per year at UIW.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the school. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 860 to 1080 for the SAT exam and in a range of 17 to 23 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to UIW. This school accepts roughly 90 percent of students applying annually. Of those admitted, around 31 percent attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $25,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,300 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the University of the Incarnate Word website to obtain a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

93.77

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

University of Southern Indiana provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Evansville, IN and publically funded. Approximately eleven thousand students are enrolled per year at USI.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs USI offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to this school. Scores in a range of 18 to 24 on the ACT or 1290 to 1593 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of acceptance. This school has an admissions rate of 72% of which only 44% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at usi.edu.

The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay around $6,600 and nonresidents pay $15,000 annually. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is estimated to be $4,200. This school may provide financial aid for students who qualify by way of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The USI "Screaming Eagles" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.usi.edu.

Acceptance Rate

93.32

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education. The University’s guiding philosophy is “based on the idea that true wellness is not achieved through medical care alone, but through healing relationships that speak to peoples' minds, bodies, and souls.”

 Located near downtown Orlando, ADU sits next to Florida Hospital and specializes in allied health and nursing education.  Degree programs include:

  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (general or cardiovascular ultrasound)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Professional Studies
  • Biomedical Science

ADU also has certification programs in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, mammography, and nuclear medicine.

On top of studies, Campus Ministries offers students Christian educational experiences including: assembly programs, music, and drama. Students also have access to the Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is a short walk from campus.

ADU offers free tutoring for all students in general education and nursing programs as well as professional programs—Sonography, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia, and Occupational Therapy. They also offer confidential counseling to promote prevention, early detection, and treatment of undiagnosed mental disorders and addictions.

Request more information by filling out this form (http://www.adu.edu/contact/informationrequest)

Visit this page (http://www.adu.edu/financial-information/cost-information/undergraduate-fees-and-expenses-2013-2014) for Undergraduate fees and expenses for the 2013-2013 school year.

Acceptance Rate

50.53

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

CMU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Fayette, Missouri, the school offers a rural setting for students to study in. The school maintains a United Methodist affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately a thousand students are enrolled per year at CMU.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1220 - 1480 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 24 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to CMU. Roughly 60 percent of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 35 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $22,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to use the school's tuition calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students and costs around $3,500 annually. This school may provide financial aid for students that qualify in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at CMU through the NAIA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Available sports offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)
  • Football (NAIA Division I)

For a complete list of areas of study, enrollment information, student services, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.centralmethodist.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

93.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

University of Louisiana at Monroe is a public institution located in Monroe, Louisiana and provides a large number of program options for students. ULM has a yearly student enrollment of nearly eight thousand. Here is a list of some of the popular programs ULM offers:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1275 - 1620 for the SAT exam and between 19 - 24 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to ULM. This school has an acceptance rate of about 92% of which only 58% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. Tuition & fees at ULM vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $5,600 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $14,000 for the year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $4,100. Students at University of Louisiana at Monroe may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans. Athletic programs are available at ULM through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
Students who would like to learn more about this school may take a look at their website at http://www.ulm.edu.

Acceptance Rate

80.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

University of Charleston is a nonprofit private school that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Charleston, West Virginia, in a predominantly urban area. About 1,500 students enroll at University of Charleston annually. Areas of study offered at University of Charleston include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 895 to 1105 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 to 25 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to this school. 57% of students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 25% choose to attend. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $28,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attending University of Charleston. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $5,300. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is generally grants and loans. The University of Charleston Golden Eagles participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
Students who wish to learn more about this school may check out their website at www.ucwv.edu.

Acceptance Rate

50.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Mercy College is a nonprofit private institution located in Dobbs Ferry, NY and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Mercy College has an annual student enrollment of nearly 11,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. This school admits about 60 percent of students applying. Of those applicants accepted, nearly 38 percent of students attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $19,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. Student housing is available for students and costs about $8,500 per year. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Mercy College Flyers participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division II)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division II)

Students may visit the school's http://www.mercy.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

81.62

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Difference Between Occupational Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Aides

With similar and often confusing acronyms, we have received dozens of student communication regarding differences between occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapy aids. There are significant differences and the two are contract below to help demystify the differences between the two jobs.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

The job title and college degree description of an Occupational Therapy Assistant in known as an OTA and should not be used to describe an Occupational Therapy Aide. For clarity, we will utilize OTA for the balance of this section in a bullet point format.

  • OTAs will treat patients under the direct supervision of a licensed OT
  • An OTA requires students to earn an Associate Degree
  • During degree programs, OTAs are required to complete supervised fieldwork
  • OTA academic programs are ACOTE accredited
  • An OTA are eligible to become certified and licensed in their state of residence by passing the NBCOT COTA certification examination.
  • Upon passing the NBCOT COTA exam, an OTA can earn a Certification in Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) designation

Occupational Therapy Aide

An occupational therapy aide is trained to provide support to OTAs and OTs. In order to become an occupational therapy aide, students will need a high school diploma or higher plus on the job training. Currently occupational therapy aides are not eligible for licensure nor certification and aide programs are not accredited by ACOTE.

Educational Requirements for an OTA

An individual pursuing a career as an occupational therapy assistant must first an associate degree or diploma which may be earned through a certified program offered at a community college or private career school. Such a program takes between one and two years to complete and provides the student with the education required to perform the duties of an assistant through courses such as physiology and anatomy which familiarize the student with the human body. Students will also be exposed to a cross section of sciences as well as a number of courses that educate the students on the use of equipment and implementation of therapies necessary in the field of occupational therapy.

Courses in occupational therapy assistance may include:

  • General Anatomy
  • Developmental Physiology
  • Occupational Theory and Practice
  • Speech
  • Assistive Technology and Adaptations
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Employment Opportunities for OTA's

Occupational therapy assistants will work under a professional occupation therapist, administering care and treatment to patients suffering from any of a variety of ailments that may be attended to through occupational therapy. Such assistants typically educate patients in the various exercises to be performed or how to operate and utilize equipment that may assist in therapeutic treatment. Additionally, assistant will record patient histories and note progress made through treatment over time, particularly for patients that require more routine care.

Most states require occupational therapy assistants to pursue licensure prior to employment. Individuals pursuing licensure typically must complete an accredited program of study and pass a state issued examination. Additionally, maintaining licensure may require annual or biannual continuing education courses be taken. The process of licensure will vary by state. Certification is also available through the passing of an exam offered The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy allowing for use of the term Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

Most Popular Job Titles for an OTA

Across the nation, you will find an array of job titles for an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In most cases, the job responsibilities will be virtually identical which is why it is important to understand the variations of the OTA job and associated nomenclature.

  • Acute Care Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Staff Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (Staff COTA/L)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L)
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Top Job Responsibilities of an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Upon the completion of a recent survey by the United States Department of Labor, OTAs from around the country provided insight into their typical job duties. We have assembled a list of the top 5 job responsibilities of an occupational therapy assistant below for your reference.

  1. Carefully manage performance in therapy activities and provide education, coaching, and counseling as appropriate
  2. Determine what therapy activities a patient can complete and establish short-term and long-term goals
  3. Instruct and assist patients with home-based therapy programs, essential living skills, and utilization of adaptive tools
  4. Encourage and motivate patient before, during, and after treatment plans
  5. Carefully log verbal, physical, and non-verbal patient information for future reference

States with the Highest Employment of Occupational Therapists

  • Texas 3,750
  • Ohio 3,480
  • Illinois 2,460
  • Pennsylvania 2,350
  • New York 2,300

Top Paying States for an Occupational Therapist

  1. Texas $74,070
  2. Arkansas $67,290
  3. New Jersey $66,120
  4. Maryland $65,350
  5. California $64,870

Top Employers of Occupational Therapists

  • Health Practitioners Offices 16,200
  • Nursing Care Facilities 7,360
  • Medical & Surgical Hospitals 4,500
  • Home Health Care 2,270
  • Primary & Secondary Schools 1,830

Job Growth, Salary and Related Therapy Fields

Job growth for occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase by an astounding 40% according to the BLS over the next decade due primarily to the need for professionals in the field due to the aging population in the United States. This growth in OTA's equates to an additional 23,600 jobs being created in the coming decade. Occupational therapy assistants earn approximately $56,070 per year. Individuals working in more populated areas are expected to earn more. Individuals interested in career advancement typically choose to at some point continue their education, pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.

Individuals interested in becoming an occupational therapy assistant may also be interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, medical assistant, or veterinary assistant.

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