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  • First I would like to offer my thanks in advance for this forum to aid me in my decision.  I am "older," and now that my kids are finishing high school and college, I am ready to further my education.  I graduated with a BA, majoring in psych and have found myself with a strong desire to enter the OT field.  Here is my problem.  While I know that earning my masters and becoming an OT is the preferable choice for me, I have no local schools that offer it.  I could do most of ota online, but would that pave the way in the future to going back to school for my OT certification?  Or is counter productive?  Any advice would be welcome.

  • You may be looking at an online program for OT Aides. There are no OT Assistant programs that are online.

     

    Karen C. Smith OT/L

    Approved Provider Program Manager

    Practice Associate

    American Occupational Therapy Association

    4720 Montgomery Lane

    Bethesda, MD 20814

     

    301-652-6611 ext. 2054 (non-members)

    1-800-SAY-AOTA ext. 2054 (members)

    301-652-7711 (fax)

    ksmith@aota.org

    Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest


    From: general [mailto:general@aota.org] On Behalf Of lobuddy
    Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 12:36 PM
    To: Karen Smith
    Subject: [general] ot vs ota

     

    First I would like to offer my thanks in advance for this forum to aid me in my decision.  I am "older," and now that my kids are finishing high school and college, I am ready to further my education.  I graduated with a BA, majoring in psych and have found myself with a strong desire to enter the OT field.  Here is my problem.  While I know that earning my masters and becoming an OT is the preferable choice for me, I have no local schools that offer it.  I could do most of ota online, but would that pave the way in the future to going back to school for my OT certification?  Or is counter productive?  Any advice would be welcome.



  • There once were OTR programs that assisted OTAs in transferring their credits, but I don't know if that option still exists with the Master's entry-level.  Check out programs on the AOTA.org website or contact them and see what info you can get from programs.  There also were some programs set up for weekend or evening classes (and I assume today, a few online) for the person who needed to maintain employment while working toward the OTR.  Again, an afternoon looking at program descriptions on websites and then contacting the ones that look most interesting to you is probably a good use of time if you don't get a specific answer from this listserv.
    Ruth Zemke

    From: general [general@aota.org] on behalf of Karen Smith [bounce-blakes@aota.org]
    Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 9:55 AM
    To: Zemke, Ruth
    Subject: RE: [general] ot vs ota

    You may be looking at an online program for OT Aides. There are no OT Assistant programs that are online.

     

    Karen C. Smith OT/L

    Approved Provider Program Manager

    Practice Associate

    American Occupational Therapy Association

    4720 Montgomery Lane

    Bethesda, MD 20814

     

    301-652-6611 ext. 2054 (non-members)

    1-800-SAY-AOTA ext. 2054 (members)

    301-652-7711 (fax)

    ksmith@aota.org

    Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest


    From: general [mailto:general@aota.org] On Behalf Of lobuddy
    Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 12:36 PM
    To: Karen Smith
    Subject: [general] ot vs ota

     

    First I would like to offer my thanks in advance for this forum to aid me in my decision.  I am "older," and now that my kids are finishing high school and college, I am ready to further my education.  I graduated with a BA, majoring in psych and have found myself with a strong desire to enter the OT field.  Here is my problem.  While I know that earning my masters and becoming an OT is the preferable choice for me, I have no local schools that offer it.  I could do most of ota online, but would that pave the way in the future to going back to school for my OT certification?  Or is counter productive?  Any advice would be welcome.






  • The aota website has a list of programs that assist OTAs with becoming OTRs. The link is http://www.aota.org/Students/Schools/Weekend/38215.aspx   Many but not all of these programs offer weekend study once a month combined with on line courses.

    I did not realize there were so many of them!

    Schools that do not have these special programs oriented towards COTAs typically enroll COTAs but they may be in all of the same classes as the non-COTA students.  Some may waive certain classes but because the education is oriented to a different level, it is hard to give credit for the COTA classes when your program is not designed for COTAs.

    There are a few weekend OT programs that are for non-COTAs that you may want to check out at http://www.aota.org/Students/Schools/Weekend/40575.aspx

    If those don't work for you, the OTA degree will allow you to enter the field if you can't relocate now. There are many opportunities for COTAs and most do not go on for the OT degree. Gail Fisher, University of Illinois at Chicago

     

     

     

  • There are a few weekend courses that allow working parents to continue their education.  I currently attend a weekend program at Utica college in Utica New York.  Some of the classes are online.  When you get to the official OT curriculum I do not think that the classesd are available online.  It is a masters level program.  I have a sister in law that attended Dominican College.  It is on the New York, New Jersey border.  I think New York.  They have a weekend program as well.  Try one of those.  I did attend Maria College in Albany New York for their OTA program which was a weekend program as well.  I have heard stories of people flying in to attend weekend programs.  Good luck to you!

  • I am a COTA that transferred credits into Utica college towards my degree there.  They only accept so many credits from a two year college.  I started at Utica Colleg as a junior working towards my masters.  At the end of two years I will have my bachelors and one more year to get my masters. I advise that anyone looking into a weekend program or looking into transfering credits first make an appointment with transcripts in hand when they visit the school of their choice.