The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Occupational

The OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. http://www.acoteonline.org/

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The NBCOT’s COTA Certification Application contains five (5) felony related questions that must be answered by all exam candidates applying for the certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure. Information on the guidelines for felony convictions can be found under Publications “disciplinary actions” at www.NBCOT.org and Rules and Law “disciplinary proceedings” at www.rld.state.nm.us/b&c/otb/rules-and-law.htm

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Students interested in exploring occupational therapy as a career may take OT 101 Orientation to Occupational Therapy prior to progression into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Level 1 Core Courses. OT 101 is offered online and/or classroom instruction.

The number of students enrollment in OTA core courses at all levels is limited. Students entering the program at all levels (first time entry into OTA core courses, re-entry and transfer) should carefully consider the following information:

  1. Students enter OR RE-ENTER the Occupational Therapy Assistant program under the CURRENT Catalog. Therefore, it is important to carefully read the current Catalog.
  2. Contact an advisor in either the Occupational Therapy Assistant program or Student Development.
  3. Submit an application to Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell (if necessary). Applications are valid for a limited time.
  4. Submit an application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Applications are valid for one academic school year.
  5. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have official high school transcript (or GED certificate), college transcripts, and/or OTA education transcripts in the Admissions and Records Office by the required date. Transfer credit is awarded only by the Director of Admission and Records.
  6. In addition to special requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must meet general entrance requirements for the University.
  7. Students will be required to submit information for a background check. Any pertinent information that may affect licensure or employment guidelines could affect the student’s standing in the OTA program. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.
  8. Mandatory drug screening is required during the first week of the program and will be scheduled by the Division of Health faculty. A student can expect random drug testing throughout the duration of the program. Students must pass all mandatory drug screening to remain in the program. Drug screening may be repeated based on requirements of clinical site contracts. Students must pass the mandatory drug screening and any mandatory screening to remain in the program. Students exhibiting signs of impaired clinical judgment related to suspected use of chemical substances, legal or otherwise, will be removed from the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting immediately. At that time, the instructor will implement steps according to the Division of Health Policy for Student Suspected Impairment. Appeals can be made according to the process outlined in the Student Handbook.
  9. All first year Level I required core courses must be completed in order to progress into Level II core courses of OT 214, 216, 240, 242, 244, 246.

Special Requirements for Progression into the First Semester of Occupational Therapy Assistant Core Courses

Occupational Therapy Assistant program students who want to progress into the Occupational Therapy Assistant core courses should be aware the program consists of a two-year program of study after the student has completed the required first-year courses (which may take one year or more to complete). The first-year courses consist of selected academic courses in preparation for progression in the OTA program.

In the first-year courses, students are required to complete the following:

  1. University Skills Placement Test requirements and appropriate developmental courses, if necessary.
  2. UNIV 102 - Success Skills for Health Careers (2 credits) with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. ENG 102 - English Composition (3 credits) with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 credits) with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology (3 credits) with a grade of “C” or better.

Progression/Re-Entry Plan for OTA Program

The following process refers to students who want to be considered for progression or re-entry as first-semester Occupational Therapy Assistant students. Students who want to be considered for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program for the following fall semester will submit an Occupational Therapy Assistant program application by May 1. To be considered for progression into Level 1 core courses, students must meet the following at the time of review for selection (generally early June):

  1. Be in good standing with the University.
  2. Have all required documentation on file in the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Have a current application to ENMU-Roswell on file in the Admissions and Records Office.
  4. Have a 2.00 or higher GPA in the first-year course requirements (excluding developmental courses).

By May 1 of each year, the Program Director notifies the Director of Admissions of the number of positions available to be filled. The Director of Admissions forms an Occupational Therapy Assistant Review Committee to review all submitted applications. The Review Committee consists of the Director of Admissions, the OTA Program Director, an OTA program instructor, Dean of Division of Health, Admissions Supervisor, and one Student Advisor. The committee meets after the Director of Admissions has completed posting course final grades. Students are notified by June 15 whether or not they have been approved for progression into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program core courses.

Students meeting the special requirements for progression in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program as outlined in the current ENMURoswell Catalog will be considered “qualified” students. “Qualified students” will be granted permission for progression into the core courses based upon a two-stage process. Initial slots will be filled solely on the basis of the qualified student’s GPA in the above first-year courses, excluding developmental courses. The Committee will review only final course grades and will not consider midterm grades. There will be minus 0.25 GPA deduction if an applicant has already been in the ENMU-Roswell program or a similar program at another institution. This is to give a slight advantage to students who have not already had the opportunity. Students scoring the highest points will be given priority in the review process.

After selecting the students for all the available slots, the OTA Review Committee will select additional students to serve as alternates to fill any slots not taken by students selected for those positions. Alternates will be selected by the Committee using the same selection method as students originally selected to fill the allocated slots.

If positions remain available after the “qualified” students have been admitted, then students will be admitted as “provisional” based on the total points awarded for the following:

  1. The number of requirements a student has fulfilled (2 points for each fulfilled requirement).
  2. GPA of the requirements, excluding developmental courses (zero GPA points awarded for unfulfilled requirements).
  3. Subtraction of 0.25 points for students previously enrolled in the program or in a similar program at another institution. This will give a slight preference to students who have not had the opportunity.

Once students have been mailed notices of selection, they must make a formal acceptance of appointment within the time specified on the selection notice.

Requirements for Continuation in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program:

  1. In order to continue in the program, students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in each consecutive Occupational Therapy Assistant course; and an overall “C” average in all courses in the degree plan. If these requirements are not met, the student will be asked to leave the program.
  2. Students who do not successfully complete the Level I Fall Core Courses may subsequently reapply but will be competing with the next group of applicants.
  3. Students who do not successfully complete subsequent semesters may reapply on a space available basis.
  4. Students entering or reentering the OTA program do so under the current catalog guidelines.
  5. Students must keep current required laboratory tests on file: tuberculin skin tests (PPD) after July 1 each year, Td immunization or booster within last 10 years, MMR vaccine and titer for individuals born after 12/31/56, Hep B Vaccination recommended, and proof of Varicella. It is also required to provide proof of current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.
  6. Student must demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors as evidenced by passing the minimum requirements on the Professional Behavior Evaluation completed each semester.

Special Requirements for Re-Entry into OTA courses

All students who are approved for re-entry into the OTA core courses must meet the “Requirements for Continuation in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.”

Students who have withdrawn from an Occupational Therapy Assistant course, failed to meet the “Requirements for Continuation in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program,” or who have not enrolled in Occupational Therapy Assistant courses for one or more semesters and wish to reenter the program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit an application for re-entry to the program
  2. Document completion of required degree plan courses up to the desired level of admission with an overall 2.00 or higher GPA (excluding developmental courses) and a grade of “C” or higher in each Occupational Therapy Assistant course. Failing grades in OTA courses to be repeated are not computed in the GPA. There will be a 0.25 GPA deduction applied due to previous enrollment in the OTA 2013 - 2014 Catalog • 57 core courses. This is to give a slight advantage to students who have not already had the opportunity for enrollment in these OTA core courses.
  3. Submit a petition letter to the OTA Review Committee if the student has previously withdrawn from the program, withdrawn from or failed an OTA courses. The petition letter must address the student’s academic standing at the time of any OTA course withdrawal and/or circumstances surrounding any OTA course failure. It should document what action the student is taking to improve his/her academic success should he/she be approved to re-enter OTA core courses. Petition letters are due by May 1.
  4. If not enrolled in the OTA program for a period of up to two years, students, along with application for re-entry, will take the OTA program competency exam to include both written and clinical skills. This will provide documentation of retention of knowledge to the Review Committee. If student has been out of OTA program for a period of two or more years, the student will be required to re-enter the program at the Level I fall semester OTA core courses.
  5. Students with 4 or more OTA course failures within the past 2 years or who have a total of 8 or more OTA course withdrawals within the past 2 years will not be considered for re-entry into the OTA program for a period of 2 calendar years following the date of the last failure or withdrawal. If approved for re-entry after this 2-year period, the student would re-enter the program at the Level I fall semester OTA core course requirements.

Completion of the above does not mean automatic approval for re-entry into the Occupational Therapy Assistant core courses. The OTA core courses have enrollment limits. Students who have completed the requirements and are in good standing in the University are “qualified” for consideration of re-entry. “Qualified” students are ranked along with students for advanced standing wishing to complete the requirements for the Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant using the following criteria:

  1. GPA of first-year courses (not including developmental courses) and required courses up to the desired level of admission. Failing grades in Occupational Therapy Assistant courses to be repeated are not computed in the GPA.
  2. Previous enrollment in the desired level of admission (minus 0.25 GPA deduction).
  3. Space availability in the OTA core courses.

Special Requirements for Progression into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Core Courses with Advanced Standing

In addition to meeting the requirements for progression into the OTA program core courses, students wishing to transfer from other Occupational Therapy Assistant programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit all official transcripts from all prior schools and colleges attended.
  2. Document completion of required first-year courses and degree plan courses up to the desired level of admission with an overall 2.00 or higher GPA (excluding developmental courses) and a grade of “C” or higher in each Occupational Therapy Assistant course.
  3. Submit an application to the OTA program for entry into OTA core courses.
  4. Repeat Occupational Therapy Assistant courses completed two or more years prior to re-entry into OTA core courses as recommended by OTA Review Committee.

Completion of the above does not mean automatic acceptance for progression into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Students who have completed the requirements and are in good standing in the University are “qualified.”

“Qualified” students are ranked along with other students for advanced standing wishing to complete the requirements for the Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant using the following criteria:

  1. GPA of first-year courses (not including developmental courses) and required courses up to the desired level of admission. Failing grades in Occupational Therapy Assistant courses to be repeated are not computed in the GPA.
  2. Previous enrollment in the desired level of admission (minus .25 GPA deduction).
  3. Space availability in OTA core courses.

Mandatory drug screening is required during the first week of the program and will be scheduled by the Division of Health faculty. Students must pass the mandatory drug screening to remain in the program. Drug screening may be repeated based on requirements of clinical site contracts. Students must pass the mandatory drug screening and any mandatory screening to remain in the program. Students exhibiting signs of impaired clinical judgment related to suspected use of chemical substances, legal or otherwise, will be removed from the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting immediately. At that time, the instructor will implement steps according to the Division of Health Policy for Student Suspected Impairment. Appeals can be made according to the process outlined in the Student Handbook.

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