Our Newest Program!

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Central Penn College is pleased to announce our newest program - Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). The only OTA program in the central Pennsylvania area, Central Penn's program prides itself on hands-on learning experiences and personalized, career-focused support. Offered during the day at our Summerdale campus, this new program enrolls students for the Fall and Spring terms.

Students must be creative and think outside of the box to help someone live with a new challenge they may be facing. Once graduates pass their exam and state licensure requirements, if applicable, they will be able to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) to help people achieve independence and learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful activities and life roles.

The application submission deadline for the spring term is Februrary 1! Apply now or request more information to take the next step toward turning your potential into career success!

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Program Learning Objectives

In the OTA program, students will learn to:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of human occupation throughout the lifespan and its impact upon development and health and wellness for individuals and populations of diverse cultural, socioeconomical and environmental backgrounds
  • demonstrate knowledge of the function of the human body 
  • describe and apply occupational therapy ethics, theory and models of practice
  • administer treatments, assessments and screenings using appropriate procedures and protocols under the direction of an occupational therapist 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Central Penn OTA program requires the following:

  • Secondary school courses: one unit of high school biology and algebra with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. A GPA of 3.0 or higher and SAT or ACT scores are preferred.
  • Observation hours: 20 hours must be observed in at least two different occupational therapy settings/facilities
  • Reference forms: two professional references; forms can be obtained from Admissions.
  • Background checks: PA State Police, FBI, PA Child Abuse History Clearance; drug testing may be required
  • In-person interview
  • Application deadline: Februrary 1 for spring start, July 1 for fall start

This program was first offered in 2012. Due to the age of the program, information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other information is not available at this time.

OTA Application Deadline - July 1

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