Frequently Asked Questions

Philadelphia University’s Accelerated Associate in Science Degree Program in
Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies

What?

  • 69 credits- Associate in Science degree in OTA Studies
  • Eligible to take required national certification exam for a state license to practice as an OT assistant
  • 5 Clinical experiences
    • 3 part time clinical rotations - 36 hours required during each specified term
        • University assigns site for each experience
        • Student negotiates specific schedule with site supervisor
    • 2  full time clinical rotations - 8 weeks each
        • University assigns site - scheduled in Year 2 Terms 9 and 10

When?

  • 10 terms; 5 accelerated terms per year; two courses per term; 23 months to completion
    • Fall term entry: September/November/February/April/June
    • Spring term entry:  February/April/June/September/November
  • Each term runs for 8 weeks
    • Lectures and labs 2 evenings per week and on Saturday mornings
    • Classes meet weeknights 6:00 – 10:00 PM  and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where?

  • Classes scheduled at  
    • PhilaU Bucks County Campus in the Bucks County Technology Center, 4800 East Street Road, Trevose, PA   directions
    • Area OT service delivery facilities by arrangement (some)

How?

  • First step –complete application (no fee)
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Other requirements (listed on the OTA Application)
    • Official (sealed) high school transcript and college transcripts (if applicable)
    • Personal statement about career goals
    • Resume
    • 2 OT site visits  (OT site visit form required)
      • Candidates to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies program will be expected to share firsthand knowledge of Occupational Therapy gained through a minimum of visits to two distinctly different occupational therapy sites. For example, long term care/rehab and pediatric out-patient or school based.
      • There is no minimum time requirement for the visits to the occupational therapy settings.  You may want to plan your time with each OT so that you gather enough info to reflect on the following:
        • Describe the individuals who are being treated at this facility: age range, gender and a sample of diagnosis.
        • What interventions were being used by the OT practitioners?
        • What was the atmosphere of the setting?
      • The observations that you make should contribute to your understanding of OT and prepare you for your interview with the OTA faculty.
    • In-person interview with OTA faculty
  • No SATs or prerequisite courses
  • May transfer in a maximum of 9 credits- Human Biology, College Algebra and/or Introduction to Psychology prior to your spring or fall entry to OTA program

How Much?

  • Approximately $595 per credit plus books and lab fees
  • Year 1: 33 credits- $19,635  Year 2: 36 credits- $21,420

How to get more info?

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

  • I printed out the application.  Is there a fee to have the application processed?  
    There is NO application fee. Once we receive your application, you will receive a checklist to help you track your paperwork submissions.  Paperwork submission can be sent individually or as a complete package. 

 

  • I contacted a local Occupational Therapy facility to request a tour and observation of the practices.  Is there a report or analysis of my experience that I should include in the application packet or will I have the opportunity to discuss my experience during the interview process?   Both. The OT site visit form will document your visit.  OT Site Visit form

 

  • I understand that entry to the program is in the fall or spring term.  Is it possible for me to take a course(s) (i.e. English, Math, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, etc.) at another college then transfer the course(s) to the Associates Degree?  Only 3 courses may be considered for transfer credit.  You could take a course, but you may get credit for basic education courses if you have already taken a comparable college level course; e.g. Algebra or Psychology.  Once we receive your official transcripts we will evaluate what credits you may transfer in and advise you as to what courses to consider prior to starting the program.

 

 

  • In addition to my college transcripts, are my high school transcripts required to apply for the program?  Yes, it is a University policy that we have 'official' transcripts on file from your high school.

 

  • How much time must I spend at each onsite visit? There is no minimum time requirement for the visits to the occupational therapy settings.  You may want to plan your time with each OT so that you gather enough information to reflect on the following:
    • Description of the individuals who were being treated at the facility: age range, gender and a sample of diagnosis.
    • What interventions were being used by the OT practitioners?
    • What was the atmosphere of the setting?  
      • The observations that you make should contribute to your understanding of occupational therapy and prepare you for your interview with the OTA faculty. The time you spend and how you spend that time at each setting is at the discretion of your OT 'host.'

 

  • What skills do I need to bring into the program in order to be successful as an OTA student? There are certain physical, cognitive and social-emotional factors that are considered essential functions for an OT practitioner. The Essential Functions worksheet may help you determine your readiness for the program.

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