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Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

South University 2020 Graduation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University Columbia prepares qualified students to become occupational therapy practitioners. The program prepares students with knowledge and skills for competent entry-level practice in a variety of contexts for an ever-changing world. Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession that promotes the health and well-being of people across their lifespan and aims to 'treat the whole person' to help individuals perform meaningful and purposeful daily activities. Occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who have physical, psychological, or developmental conditions to help them gain or regain skills lost due to injury or illness to regain or accommodate the loss of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, perception, cognition, or balance. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program further seeks to lead the profession and community through its contributions in educational leadership, community and professional service, learning, and scholarship.

OTA Performance Data on NBCOT Certification Exam Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available for public viewing by state and program level: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Columbia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. https://www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission into the Professional Curriculum of the Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Students who wish to transfer from one South University campus to another must be in good standing at the original campus. These students must talk with the Program Director at each campus about their plans. Each Program Director and the student requesting a transfer must sign the appropriate transfer request forms from both the program and South University  and the Transfer Release Form before the form is sent to the Registrar's office on the receiving campus for processing.

When completing an application for admission into South University to take prerequisite coursework in preparation to apply for admission into the Professional OTA Curriculum at South University, students must meet the requirements for regular admission to the university.

Students must apply for admission into the Professional Curriculum of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program as they complete prerequisite coursework.  No transfer credit will be given to any course designated as an occupational therapy assistant major.

The OTA Program accepts two cohorts of students into the Professional Curriculum each year. Depending on the campus, applications are either accepted prior to the beginning of winter and summer quarters or before spring and fall quarters for the eight quarter programs and before the winter quarter for nine-quarter programs. Application deadlines are announced on each campus.

An OTA Application packet is available from OTA faculty and/or the campus receptionist.

The following information is required from students applying for admission into the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program:

  1. Students must have a minimum grade of 'C' or above in all prerequisites, except for the following courses, in which students must achieve a minimum grade of 'B' or above: BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, and OTA1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy.
  2. In addition, note that a minimum CGPA of 2.85 is required for prerequisite and general education coursework. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at the time of entry into the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program.
  3. Courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture and lab) and Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture and lab) must have been taken in the past seven years from the intended start date of the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program.
  4. Students must have official transcripts on file at South University at the time of application to the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program. Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended and having them sent to South University.  All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.
  5.  Students must complete and submit an OTA Application; this includes a signed Acknowledgement of Risk and Release of Liability form and Student Medical Insurance Verification form (along with copy of the front and back of the medical insurance card). The student must upload proof of medical insurance to an agency identified in the OTA Application.
  6. Students must submit ATI TEAS scores, which will not be accepted if greater than 5 years old.  A total score below the national mean will result in a lower ranking score for this component. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.
  7. Students must complete 12 hours of observation of  occupational therapy practitioners in two different areas of occupational therapy practice (e.g., pediatrics, adults, inpatient, outpatient, acute care, rehab, mental health, skilled nursing), documented on the form provided in the OTA Application, signed and dated by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. For example, you might observe in hospital and a skilled nursing settings or adult rehab and acute care.
  8. Students must provide a copy of the front and back of the card showing current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. The student must upload this credential to the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.
  9. The OTA program follows the College of Health Professions Background Check Policy and Substance Abuse and Screening Policy located in the South University Catalog (www.southuniversity.edu/admissions/academic-catalog). Students must complete a background check and drug screen at their own cost using the agency identified in the OTA Application. No other background checks or drug screen will be accepted. The background check and drug screen must have been completed for South University within 60 days prior to the application deadline for the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: Applicants are not eligible for admittance into the professional OTA curriculum if they have a felony conviction, plea, or adjudication withheld, or any disqualifying misdemeanor, for which a pardon or exemption for disqualification has not been received, including but not limited to rape or sexual abuse or molestation, and abuse, endangerment, or neglect of a child, disabled person, or elderly person. Applicants with positive drug screen results will not be admitted into the professional OTA curriculum.

  1. Required immunizations are identified in the OTA Application. Students must provide evidence that the Hepatitis B test has been initiated, along with other immunizations, at the time of application. The student must upload all original lab results and evidence of immunization through the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student. All immunizations must be completed no later than 15 business days before the Friday before the start of the second quarter in the Professional OTA Curriculum.
  2. Students must show evidence of a physical exam by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant; results must be uploaded through the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.
  3. All requirements for Financial Aid must have been met, as applicable; students must be in good standing with South University.
Ranking of Applicants for Admission into the Professional OTA Curriculum will be based upon the following criteria:
  1. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.85 based on all prerequisite and general education coursework. Students must achieve a minimum grade of '"B'" in OTA1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab and PSY 2022 Human Growth and Development.
  2. Submitted results for the ATI TEAS
  3. Documented results from the background check and drug screen adhering to the requirements outlined in the College of Health Professions Background Check Policy and Drug and Alcohol Screening Policy must be complete and available for review.
  4. Students must have submitted documented completion of 12 hours of observation in two different areas of occupational therapy practice (e.g., pediatrics, adults, inpatient, outpatient, acute care, rehab, mental health, skilled nursing), on the form provided in the OTA Application. For example, you might observe in a hospital and skilled nursing setting or adult rehab and acute care.
  5. Students must have provided documented evidence of the following already in progress and uploaded to the agency identified in the OTA Application:
    1. Hepatitis B and other immunizations
    2. Current CPR or date scheduled to complete
    3. Proof of medical insurance
    4. Physical exam by nurse practitioner physician or physician assistant

NOTE:  If a qualified student is not accepted or if a student is unable to matriculate into the Professional OTA Curriculum, s/he may use that same application to apply into the next cohort on that same campus within one year from the date of application submission. After that time, the student must apply as a new student.

Essential Functions for the OTA Program

The following are considered to be essential functions related to the profession of occupational therapy to be successful in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program and in future employment as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

It is the responsibility of the OTA Program at South University to inform students considering a career as a COTA about the essential functions required both in the academic program and in the workforce. Factors and requirements will vary, depending on the specific area of practice and work setting.

Students must demonstrate safe and continuous application of these essential functions or of any and all others that are integral to the success of the OTA student and future occupational therapy practitioner. Students will display professional behaviors, assess their own performance with respect to the behaviors, and be ready to make behavioral changes as directed by academic and clinical faculty. 

In addition, the OTA Committee for Progression and Appeals may become involved in issues related to a student's performance of the essential functions. The OTA Committee for Progression and Appeals may make recommendations to the OTA Program Director that result in, but are not limited to, a lower course grade, the creation of a remediation plan, exclusion from a course, dismissal from a Level I or Level II Fieldwork experience, professional behavior probation or dismissal from the OTA Program and/or South University.

Both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794, and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against "otherwise qualified" persons with a disability. South University provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities.  The Disability Services office assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

All students must demonstrate competency in the following essential functions related to the profession of occupational therapy:

Behavioral/Emotional Functions

Adaptation: The ability to respond with flexibility to change or difference.

Emotional Stability: The ability to control one's own emotions, differentiate between different emotions and identify each appropriately; use emotions to guide thinking and direct behavior.

Interpersonal Skills: The ability to interact effectively with others.

Safety: Maintain the well-being of others in compliance with policies and procedures.

Ethics: The ability to distinguish between right and wrong, to comply with authority and with policies and procedures.

Professional Behavior and Appearance: The ability to adjust behavior and appearance in response to given circumstances.

Cognitive Functions

Critical Thinking: The ability to define and resolve issues by asking questions, gathering and analyzing information.

Time Management: The ability to identify and prioritize tasks to be accomplished and maintain work pace appropriate to given work load.

Math, Reading Comprehension: The ability to apply basic math functions, calculate time and simple measurements; comprehend written words.

Perception: The ability to be aware of things in relation to others and to discriminate between those relationships.

Communication Functions

Verbal: The ability to speak using the English language, clearly communicating and clarifying information.

Written: The ability to communicate legibly and concisely in English, using proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, style and formatting.

Listening, Comprehending, Responding: The ability to hear, understand and respond appropriately to what was communicated.

Sensory Functions

Hearing: The auditory ability to detect sound within 10 feet away, sufficient to monitor clients and interact with others.

Touch:  The ability to come into physical contact with something and perceive that it is there.

Vision: The ability to look at and see something or someone close-up and from a distance greater than 20 feet, noting verbal and nonverbal postures or behaviors.

Physical Functions

Fine motor dexterity: The ability to coordinate small muscle groups during movement, usually involving coordination between the hands, fingers and eyes to manipulate small objects.

Gross motor skills: The ability to coordinate large muscle groups to move and to stabilize the head, trunk, arms and legs to reach, lift, push, pull, stand, balance, walk, run, bend, kneel and crouch; possess minimum grip strength of 30 pounds in one or both hands, and the ability to stand up to 30 minutes at a time, push up to 250 pounds and lift/transfer up to 250 pounds.

Mobility:  The ability to independently move easily from point A to point B.

Endurance: The ability to exert self and remain active for a long period of time (e.g., 45 minutes); stamina.

Environmental Functions

Working conditions: The ability to recognize, avoid and prevent safety and health hazards in the work setting.

Career Outlook

Areas of practice for OTA's include pediatrics, mental health, physical disabilities, and geriatrics, working with people who have cancer, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurologic, neuromuscular, orthopedic, sensory conditions, and more.

Practice settings include but are not limited to acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, public and private school systems, and private practice.

Certification

Requirements

If you are interested in pursuing a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent and an associate’s degree from an accredited program offering the occupational therapy assistant curriculum. Individuals graduating from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University will graduate with an Associate of Science degree.

Once all academic and fieldwork requirements are completed, students apply to take a national certification exam that is administered online by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available for public viewing by state and program level: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Upon successful completion of this exam, individuals may use the designation COTA following their name. NBCOT re-certifies occupational therapy practitioners every three years and has set continuing education requirements as part of that process.

The practice of occupational therapy is regulated in all 50 states; different states have various types of regulation that range from licensure, the strongest form of regulation, to title protection or trademark law, the weakest form of regulation.

Be sure to contact the licensing department in your intended state of practice to obtain the appropriate information specific to you.

The Web site address for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is http://www.nbcot.org/.

Columbia OTA Performance Data on NBCOT Certification Exam

Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available for public viewing by state and program level: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

 

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant: 109 Credits

Offered at South University, Columbia and South University, Tampa

Area I Core Curriculum: 43 Credits
1st Quarter
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours

OR

MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours

Note: Students will only be required to take UVC1000 Strategies for Success if they are required to take ENG0099 and/or MAT0099.

2nd Quarter
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, 4 Credit Hours
3rd Quarter
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
OTA1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, 3 Credit Hours
COM2006 Interpersonal Communication, 4 Credit Hours

OR

SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Professional Curriculum: 66 Credits
4th Quarter
OTA1011 Medical Conditions, 3 Credit Hours
OTA1020 Occupational Analysis I, 4 Credit Hours
OTA1031 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 5 Credit Hours
OTA1039 Level I Fieldwork in Mental Health, 1 Credit Hour
OTA1045 Professional Documentation, 1 Credit Hour
5th Quarter
OTA2020 Occupational Analysis II, 4 Credit Hours
OTA2031 Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, 5 Credit Hours
OTA2039 Level I Fieldwork for Children and Adolescents, 1 Credit Hour
OTA2041 Movement for Human Occupation, 4 Credit Hours
6th Quarter
OTA2051 Occupational Therapy for Adults and the Elderly, 5 Credit Hours
OTA2060 Occupational Therapy Management, 4 Credit Hours
OTA2059 Level I Fieldwork for Adults and the Elderly, 1 Credit Hour
OTA2071 Community Practice, 2 Credit Hours
OTA2080 Professional Issues, 2 Credit Hours
7th Quarter
OTA2380 Level II Fieldwork A, 8 Credit Hours
OTA2385 Fieldwork Seminar A, 4 Credit Hours
8th Quarter
OTA2390 Level II Fieldwork B, 8 Credit Hours
OTA2395 Fieldwork Seminar B, 4 Credit Hours
RN to Master of Science in Nursing***
Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits
BIO2070 Microbiology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 or BIO2073)

BIO2071 Microbiology Lab, 2 Credit Hours

(online)

OR

BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours

(campuses)

(required for BSN; RN to BSN students ONLY can take either)

CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
NTR2050 Nutrition, 4 Credit Hours
Standardized Testing Policy

Standardized Testing Policy

All students enrolled in an MSN course will be required to utilize the standardized testing policy in place at the time of their course.

  1. Standardized testing platform
  1. The selected 3P exam: The minimum score for the exam is average/score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  1. The Pre-Predictor exam: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The Pre-Predictor exam is 5% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade. A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points. Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Pre-Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 2% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.  
  2. The University Predictor: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The University Predictor exam is worth 10% (100 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340).  Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 6% (60 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340). A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points.
  1. Remediation
    1. Individualized and faculty driven remediation provides an opportunity for students to review study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the assessment and improve the opportunity to be successful on the second attempt of any exam.
    2. In addition to faculty driven remediation, self-review is required for all standardized testing assessments. Students are required to use their test results to complete remediation.
    3. Failure to comply with the standardized testing policy may result in a course failure.
    4. Retesting is required for any student who scores lower than the minimum passing score on the 3P exam. Retesting of the 3P exam will take place during the final week of NSG6023.
    5. A different test version will be used for retesting. Students who score the minimum passing score or higher on the 3P exam in NSG6023 will receive an 80% for the grade. Students who do not score the minimum passing score will be dismissed from the MSN nurse practitioner programs.
    6. The Dean's or designee's approval is required for reordering of standardized testing products.  
  2. Comprehensive Testing Program
CoursesAssignments/Resources
APRN Program of Study

Students are required to purchase a clinical guideline per the syllabus or established book list.

NSG5003 - Advanced PathophysiologyCourse Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6005 Pharmacology (FNP and AGPCNP)Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I (FNP & AGPCNP) and practicum coursesRecommended: Students purchase a coding resource as outlined in the syllabus and master book list.
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP, & NE)

Recommended: Students purchase a Dermatology resource to supplement learning from Physical Assessment Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade

NSG6021Concurrent course with NSG6020. The student must meet the benchmarked score on the 3-P exam to pass the course. If unsuccessful, the student will be enrolled into NSG6023. Course assignments per syllabus.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) Practicum I-Family or Adult Health: Adults and Gerontology

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6430 (FNP) Practicum II Women's Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6330 AGNP Reproductive Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6435 (FNP) Practicum III: Family Health PediatricsCourse Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6340 (AGNP) Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary CareAccess to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Discussions: 5% Assigned Case Studies: 10% Exam #1: 10% Exam #2: 10% Final Exam: 25% Pre-Predictor: 5% Predictor Exam: 10 % SOAP Notes: 10%
NSG6440 (FNP) Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary Care)

Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the University Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Pre-Predictor: 5% University Predictor Exam: 10% Assigned Case Studies: 20% Remediation of Areas of <80% on Pre-Predictor: 10% Comprehensive Final Exam: 35% Class Discussion/Participation 5% (online) Case Studies/Participation 5% (campus-based)

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Standardized Testing Policy

Standardized Testing Policy

All students enrolled in an MSN course will be required to utilize the standardized testing policy in place at the time of their course.

  1. Standardized testing platform
  1. The selected 3P exam: The minimum score for the exam is average/score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  1. The Pre-Predictor exam: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The Pre-Predictor exam is 5% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade. A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points. Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Pre-Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 2% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.  
  2. The University Predictor: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The University Predictor exam is worth 10% (100 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340).  Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 6% (60 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340). A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points.
  1. Remediation
    1. Individualized and faculty driven remediation provides an opportunity for students to review study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the assessment and improve the opportunity to be successful on the second attempt of any exam.
    2. In addition to faculty driven remediation, self-review is required for all standardized testing assessments. Students are required to use their test results to complete remediation.
    3. Failure to comply with the standardized testing policy may result in a course failure.
    4. Retesting is required for any student who scores lower than the minimum passing score on the 3P exam. Retesting of the 3P exam will take place during the final week of NSG6023.
    5. A different test version will be used for retesting. Students who score the minimum passing score or higher on the 3P exam in NSG6023 will receive an 80% for the grade. Students who do not score the minimum passing score will be dismissed from the MSN nurse practitioner programs.
    6. The Dean's or designee's approval is required for reordering of standardized testing products.  
  2. Comprehensive Testing Program
CoursesAssignments/Resources
APRN Program of Study

Students are required to purchase a clinical guideline per the syllabus or established book list.

NSG5003 - Advanced PathophysiologyCourse Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6005 Pharmacology (FNP and AGPCNP)Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I (FNP & AGPCNP) and practicum coursesRecommended: Students purchase a coding resource as outlined in the syllabus and master book list.
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP, & NE)

Recommended: Students purchase a Dermatology resource to supplement learning from Physical Assessment Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade

NSG6021Concurrent course with NSG6020. The student must meet the benchmarked score on the 3-P exam to pass the course. If unsuccessful, the student will be enrolled into NSG6023. Course assignments per syllabus.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) Practicum I-Family or Adult Health: Adults and Gerontology

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6430 (FNP) Practicum II Women's Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6330 AGNP Reproductive Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6435 (FNP) Practicum III: Family Health PediatricsCourse Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6340 (AGNP) Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary CareAccess to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Discussions: 5% Assigned Case Studies: 10% Exam #1: 10% Exam #2: 10% Final Exam: 25% Pre-Predictor: 5% Predictor Exam: 10 % SOAP Notes: 10%
NSG6440 (FNP) Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary Care)

Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the University Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Pre-Predictor: 5% University Predictor Exam: 10% Assigned Case Studies: 20% Remediation of Areas of <80% on Pre-Predictor: 10% Comprehensive Final Exam: 35% Class Discussion/Participation 5% (online) Case Studies/Participation 5% (campus-based)

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Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance

To view the South University, Columbia OTA program cost of attendance, please click HERE.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate for OTA Program at South University, Columbia

The total number of students graduating from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at South University, Columbia, during the 3-year period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019 is listed below:

 Year Students Enter/Graduate OTA Program Number of Students Newly Enrolled Number of Students Who Graduated Graduation Rate
Cohort 2: Winter 2016, graduating Spring 2017 18 15 83%
Cohort 3: Summer 2016, graduating Fall 2017 14 11 78%
Cohort 4: Summer 2017, graduating Spring 2018 16 10 62%
Cohort 5: Summer 2017, graduating Fall 2018 11  6 54% 
Cohort 6: Winter 2018, graduating Spring 2019 24 15 62%
Cohort 7: Summer 2018, graduating Summer 2019 6  5 83% 
 NOTE: This information is posted in compliance with ACOTE Standard A.4.2. Accurate and current information regarding student and program outcomes must be readily available to the public on the program’s Web page.  At a minimum, the following data must be reported for the previous 3 years: Total number of program graduates and graduation rates.
NOTE: Graduation rate is determined by dividing the number of students newly enrolled in a cohort of the Professional OTA Program by the number of students in that cohort who successfully complete degree requirements within 150% of the published length of the Professional OTA Curriculum, or within nine quarters, which includes time enrolled.

Outcomes

Offered at South University, Columbia; South University, Montgomery; South University, Online Programs; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; and South University, Virginia Beach.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program allows students with strong academic backgrounds to reduce the number of courses required in the undergraduate component of the program. Students substitute certain graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses. The program includes integrated practica experience, didactic instruction, and a summative project to assess individual student learning outcomes.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of RN to Master of Science in Nursing program will be awarded the Master of Science in Nursing degree.*

* Note: Students interested in a BSN should confer with their Academic Counselor or Program Director.

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About Occupational Therapy Assistant at South University

When someone is in need, are you quick to lend a hand? Have you often been described as a good listener?  As you choose your own career path, it is important to think about areas where you naturally excel in day-to-day life. those everyday talents - such as showing compassion, paying attention to detail, and even physical strength - will serve you well as an occupational therapy assistant. We invite you to find out more by contacting the Admissions Department at South University. Let us help point you in the right direction as you explore your future career path

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Class of '07
Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“I had only heard good things about their PTA program and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I find it very rewarding and emotional when a patient of mine who hasn't walked in a while takes steps again. It makes going to work everyday worth it to know that i can help improve the quality of life for some of these people.”

Anna Langley 2014
Anna Langley Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Master of Science in Physician Assistant

“During my [admissions] interview, I really felt like South was a place that professors were encouraging, welcoming, and helpful. I also was drawn to the small groups that they present. I liked the idea of having a faculty member mentor to guide a smaller group of students throughout the entire program. The rigorous nature of the coursework prepared me well for the boards and the ability to be successful in my career. During clinical rotations, I was able to apply what I had learned and gain valuable patient experience that has helped me today”

Allyson Obluck 2017
Allyson Obluck Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapist Assistant

“I wanted to make a difference and I knew occupational therapy was a hands-on way to improve quality of life for many people. My professors always made the effort to ensure that I understood the material and were constantly encouraging me to be better and do better. All of my experiences throughout my clinical rotations challenged me to think outside the box and to trust my instincts.”