Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies

    Program Overview

    Are you are looking for a challenging health-care career, have a desire to learn and want to help people experience the fullness of life? Then consider a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to regain independence and return to a more enjoyable life. OTAs work in collaboration with a supervising occupational therapist to provide hands-on services to people of all ages who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life. Successful students can look forward to making a difference in the lives of children, young people and adults. Recent information published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicates a strong and steadily improving job outlook for OTAs for the foreseeable future.

    Receive your degree. Realize your dream.

    This program prepares individuals to practice occupational therapy in multiple settings with people of all ages and to sit for the NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) examination. Accelerated, experiential, self-directed learning is guided by faculty and mentors in the profession. Multiple clinical fieldwork experiences augment classroom learning. Classes are scheduled two evenings per week and Saturday mornings. Five terms per year enable students to complete the program in 23 months. Students must enter the program either in the spring or fall term.

    Below you will find some key points about the Program.

    • PhilaU’s OTA Studies program is delivered in an innovative hybrid learning model, where students attend classroom sessions 2 nights a week and Saturdays each term (the remaining educational dialogue occurs off-campus through distance learning technologies). Each term runs eight weeks with five terms scheduled each year.
    • Classes meet two evenings per week, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      On-line learning activities are routinely assigned using the Blackboard distance learning technology.
    • Classroom activity focuses on discussion, role playing and hands-on experiences guided by faculty and mentors in the profession creating enhanced opportunities for students to practice their skills, ask questions and learn.
    • There is a strong clinical component: 5 clinical placements during the program – 2 full time and 3 part-time. The final two terms consist of two eight-week, full-time day clinical placements.
      3 different terms include experiences at clinical sites, 36 hours each term.
    • Financial aid opportunities are available
    • If you want to continue your education at Philadelphia University, Continuing and Professional Studies at Philadelphia University offers an Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program.

    We are delighted to share this information about the OTA Studies program. Thank you for considering Philadelphia University. We look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

    For additional information, please contact the OTA Studies program at 215-526-0980.