Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.
Not quite. When you finish the program, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, you will become a COTA.
The program is two years and eight weeks long.
Because clinical practicum space is limited, students are admitted on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to applicants who have met TSI requirements. Students will be selected based on several factors such as residency, interview performance, and any combination of high school, GPA or equivalent, college GPA and TSI scores; see Admission Point System for more details.
Not necessarily. Admission to the OTA program is on a competitive basis.
All Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements must be met within the first year of the OTA program (prior to the beginning of the third semester). For specific information regarding TSI, click here. Students applying to the OTA program who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher are TSI exempt for the OTA program.
You can download an application and observation form from our website at any time and mail to the address on the application. The due date is usually the last Monday of June. The specific date will be posted on the application.
The OTA program enrolls up to 24 new students each Fall semester and 2 alternates.
Historically, most OTA students are second career, adult learners. OTA courses are designed to emphasize hands on learning, mentorship, meaningful and job-relevant assignments and the use of technology to enhance instruction. Almost all OTA courses involve a service learning component, where students learn through engagement in projects designed to enhance the lives of local residents. This program is designed for active learners who are ready to experience education beyond the lecture podium.
Occupational therapy practitioners provide unique services by using occupations or activities to promote recovery, health and wellness. For example, while a PT or PTA might work with a client on how to use a walker or cane, an OT or OTA would help that same person figure out how to use that walker or cane safely when doing laundry, preparing meals, accessing tight spaces such as the bathroom, etc.
No. However, students who plan to apply are encouraged to take any of the non-OTHA courses that are required in the curriculum. Students who have completed the OTA program insist that they were able to focus more on OTA class content haven previously taken courses such as A & P I & II prior to admission. Again, this is not a requirement.
Contact any OTR or COTA and explain to them that you are applying for the OTA program at Panola College and that you have to complete a minimum of 8 hours of observation in two different settings. For assistance identifying observation settings contact Lin Reynolds, the OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at 903-694-4022.