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The program goals of the South University, Tampa Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are as follows:

  • Prepare occupational therapy assistants who appreciate and adapt to diverse and alternative cultures, settings, systems, processes, and ideas.
  • Foster student skill in accessing relevant literature and information, using research-based evidence to make informed decisions in occupational therapy practice.
  • Cultivate student skill in effective critical thinking, problem-solving, and clinical reasoning with clients across the lifespan in diverse practice settings.
  • Foster development of student’s communication skills to promote effective, appropriate interaction with all stakeholders.
  • Instill in the student the values, attitudes and behaviors consistent with the occupational therapy profession's philosophy, standards and ethics.
  • Provide the student with opportunities to acquire skills in advocacy for the profession of occupational therapy to other professionals, service providers, consumers, third-party payers, regulatory bodies, professional associations and the public.
  • Provide the student with a challenging curriculum that prepares students to deliver occupational therapy assistant services with entry-level competency under the supervision of an occupational therapist in a variety of practice settings.
  • Impart to the student a passion for lifelong professional development to meet changing societal needs.

Provide ongoing opportunities for stakeholders in the OTA Program to have input into the development and evaluation of the OTA Program in ensure the Program remains true to its mission and philosophy

Tampa Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduation Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University's Tampa campus during the three-year period of January 1, 2013 through December 1, 2015 is listed below.

Year Students Entered Program Number of Students Newly Enrolled Number of Students who Graduated Graduation Rate
Cohort 1: Spring 2013 16 12 75%
Cohort 2: Fall 2013 9 5 56%
Cohort 3: Spring 2014 13 7 54%
Cohort 4: Fall 2014 15 ** **
Cohort 5: Spring 2015 14 *** ***
Cohort 6: Fall 2015 16 *** ***
* 2013 — Cohort 1: One additional student graduated for a graduation rate for Cohort 1 of 81%; this student is not counted in the table because the student graduated outside of 150% of published program length. Of three other students who entered the program but did not graduate, two were dismissed for academic reasons and one moved.
**2013 — Cohort 2: Of four students who entered but did not graduate, two were dismissed for academic reasons, one left for personal reasons, and one chose to pursue a bachelor's degree.
**2014 — Cohort 3: Of six students who entered but did not graduate, one will re-enter in summer 2016, one was dismissed for academic reasons, and four withdrew for personal reasons. One student in Cohort 3 graduated March 2016 in 150% of the published program length.
**2014 — Cohort 4: Data will be reported in fall 2016.
***2015 — Cohort 5: Data will be reported in fall 2016.
***2014 — Cohort 6: Data will be reported in spring 2017.
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.
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.