Discover a Career in OTA

Published on: June 21, 2007

Looking for a dynamic allied health profession that specializes in helping people learn or regain skills needed to lead productive and satisfying lives? Students in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Occupational Therapy program learn skills necessary to assist infants, children, adolescents, and the elderly.

The OTA program is a full-time, daytime program beginning each January. Program curriculum is developed under the guidelines of the American Occupational Therapy Association and includes academic and technical courses. In the final semester, students are placed in local healthcare facilities to complete fieldwork requirements.

Upon successful completion of the program, students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states, including Texas, require licensure in order to practice.

Occupational therapy care is specialized and much time is spent one-on-one. COTAs incorporate a variety of treatment techniques specific to a patient's needs and abilities. Some patients want to regain the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks, like brushing teeth; others may have more complex goals, like helping a stroke victim learn to fish again. Often a COTA uses tools or equipment the patient has on hand.

Because they are trained to minister care to a wide-range of patient ages, COTAs are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, rehabilitation clinics, long-term care centers, school systems and home health programs. This job flexibility is one reason COTAs are in demand. Occupational Therapy Assisting is listed among the 25 fastest growing occupations; entry-level wages in Texas range from $15-18 per hour, depending on the practice setting.

Applications are being accepted now through September 30 for the spring 2008 Lone Star College-Kingwood OTA program, beginning in January. Prerequisite courses may be required. For more information, contact Krystal Patterson at 281-312-1708 or email krystal.a.patterson@lonestar.edu.

Looking to update work force skills or just want to take a class for fun? Lone Star College-Kingwood's Continuing Education Division provides a variety of certificates, courses and experiences that encourage professional development and lifelong learning. And don't forget our popular summer youth program, Discovery College! For more information, visit kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/ce or call 281-312-1660.

It's never too late - or too early - to register for classes at Lone Star College-Kingwood! Registration is going on now for Lone Star College-Kingwood's summer terms I and II and fall semester classes. The first session of summer classes begins June 4 through July 10 with the second session beginning July 12 through Aug. 16. For more information about summer classes, call 281-312-1600 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu for a complete schedule of classes. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible to ensure the best selection.

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.