COTA online programs/bridge programs for full time working adults?

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ginolane@*****.*** in Lake Charles, Louisiana

44 months ago

I also have 2 degrees and looking to be a COTA

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Lhaynes in Woodlawn, Virginia

40 months ago

I also would like to take COTA program online and then do clinicals/part time. I called several online colleges and they do not offer it. I am an LPN at the present and have all my pre-requisites done according to my local community college but the classes are on campus and I also work full time. So if anyone finds out about a accredited college online for this course let us know.

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

21 months ago

I know this probably wont help since you are in different state but Remington College in Orlando Fl is developing a program like that. Classes are online and you go to labs one weekend a month in Orlando Fl for 8 hours. They are not yet accredited but are in step 2 of the accreditation process and hope to be fully accredited end of this year or early next year. I'm thinking of applying but am a little skeptical since they are not accredited yet, but i may just take a gamble as most schools that apply for accreditation with the AOTA usually become accredited, atleast that is what i have found in my research. I have been wanting to do OTA for a while as well but cant quit working to go to school full time so I am pretty excited to hear about this program at Remington!

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Pw01 in Clearwater, Florida

13 months ago

goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida said: I know this probably wont help since you are in different state but Remington College in Orlando Fl is developing a program like that. Classes are online and you go to labs one weekend a month in Orlando Fl for 8 hours. They are not yet accredited but are in step 2 of the accreditation process and hope to be fully accredited end of this year or early next year. I'm thinking of applying but am a little skeptical since they are not accredited yet, but i may just take a gamble as most schools that apply for accreditation with the AOTA usually become accredited, atleast that is what i have found in my research. I have been wanting to do OTA for a while as well but cant quit working to go to school full time so I am pretty excited to hear about this program at Remington!

Did you sign up for the program at Remington? I am looking into it but not sure if it will be challenging finding a job from a school that's not regionally accredited (such as a community college). But I like the hybrid program,

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

13 months ago

Yes I did! I started in June 2014 and i'm loving it so far! We do labs once a month and everything else is online. It's a lot of work but i am still able to manage it while working full-time. Also we just got programmatic accreditation from the accreditation board the ACOTE you can check their website as well. I'm not worried about having the national accreditation since we still have to take the state exam and as long as we pass we will still have a Occupational Therapy Assistant certification. The program is listed on the ACOTE website as being fully accredited so i don't believe that should make a difference when comes to looking for a job. I know that if we try to transfer our credits to another school that is regionally for accredited that they may not be accepted since we are only nationally accredited. For me i don't plan to go back to school after this so i'm okay with that. Also there is no wait list i got in right after I applied. Definitely check it out and let me know if you have any more questions. :)

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BBNY21 in Ramsey, New Jersey

11 months ago

goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida said: Yes I did! I started in June 2014 and i'm loving it so far! We do labs once a month and everything else is online. It's a lot of work but i am still able to manage it while working full-time. Also we just got programmatic accreditation from the accreditation board the ACOTE you can check their website as well. I'm not worried about having the national accreditation since we still have to take the state exam and as long as we pass we will still have a Occupational Therapy Assistant certification. The program is listed on the ACOTE website as being fully accredited so i don't believe that should make a difference when comes to looking for a job. I know that if we try to transfer our credits to another school that is regionally for accredited that they may not be accepted since we are only nationally accredited. For me i don't plan to go back to school after this so i'm okay with that. Also there is no wait list i got in right after I applied. Definitely check it out and let me know if you have any more questions. :)

this program sounds great!!!! It is completely online!? Only go to Labs 1 time a month? Do you feel confident in the skills you are learning? Do you have clinicals at the end? Most programs seem to send you to daytime clinicals for 3-4mths at the end.

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Chuck101 in Bremen, Alabama

10 months ago

I have explored the possibility of Remington college due to also working full time and especially since now they are accredited. They said they only have like 12 people per class. What is the courseload like, biggest challenges, any tips?? Have you spoken with any previous students and have they found jobs?

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

10 months ago

BBNY21 in Ramsey, New Jersey said: this program sounds great!!!! It is completely online!? Only go to Labs 1 time a month? Do you feel confident in the skills you are learning? Do you have clinicals at the end? Most programs seem to send you to daytime clinicals for 3-4mths at the end.

Hey there! Yes it is pretty awesome and I am still able to while going to the school. It is completely online aside from the monthly labs. We are starting observations in April and will continue with clinical rotations until the end of our 2 years for me that is june of 2016. I do feel confident in the skills i'm learning, but of course i wont know for sure until i am actually doing clinicals, so i can follow up with you at that time if you would like.

We are required to do fieldwork as far as we know its part time about 20 hours a week and it is in locations that are closest to us. some of my classmates live 4-6 hours away from the school and they have been given locations close to them and not just locations by the school. let me know if you have more questions!

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

10 months ago

Chuck101 in Bremen, Alabama said: I have explored the possibility of Remington college due to also working full time and especially since now they are accredited. They said they only have like 12 people per class. What is the course load like, biggest challenges, any tips?? Have you spoken with any previous students and have they found jobs?

Hello! We get 3 classes every 12 weeks its a little different from typical colleges as we only get 1 week off in between each session.
since it is online there is a lot of work usually a written assignment, discussion post, disc post replies, quiz, and lab work for each class each week. With that being said it is doable to complete the work and not get behind. The Biggest challenge for me is on lab week, preparing for the lab and getting all the assignments done for the week as well can be a lot, but this only happens once a month. The professors and the dean are very helpful and understanding and they never make us feel like we are asking stupid questions especially for those of us who have never been in the medical field.

Tips I would say talk to the admissions reps about whats needed to start classes, pricing as it is a private school. Talk to the dean Dr. Hubbard if you have specific questions about the program. Also i would recommend shadowing an OTA before you start the program. Make sure you set aside study time and time to complete the assignments.

I haven't spoken to any of the previous students, to be honest since we are online i don't have much interaction with other students outside of those in my cohort but that is a great question! Also class size varies 12 is the max but my class started with 10 people we are now down to 7 people. let me know if you have any more questions.

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crystal in Morris Plains, New Jersey

10 months ago

St. Catherine University also has a online COTA program with monthly labs in VA. I spoke to the admissions rep for awhile and got good feedback. The only challenge for me is the monthly labs but, I would probably take the train since it is only once a month.

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Norma in New York, New York

8 months ago

Hi Crystal,
Did you register for St. Catherine OTA program? I'm curious about it.
Thanks

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crystal in Morris Plains, New Jersey

8 months ago

Hi,
No I didn't register because of the once a month commute to Va for the labs. I applied to FIU for there Sports Management/ Recreational Therapy Program. It's fully online and I can do my clinicals in NJ. I'm currently waiting for all my transcripts to be received.
Crystal

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Norma in New York, New York

8 months ago

HI Crystal,
Oh, Ok Thanks.
P.s Right now I'm doing my internship in Recreational Therapy.

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crystal in Morris Plains, New Jersey

8 months ago

That's Great! :) How do you like the program?

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Norma in New York, New York

8 months ago

The program was from Lehman College and it was great. My internship is in a hospital facility. I am learning and applying all the applications taught it class. Having a great time!!!

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crystal in Morris Plains, New Jersey

8 months ago

Yes, I looked at that school in the bronx. The schedule for classes wasn't good for me because I work full time nights. There were a couple of night classes that I saw. That's great that it's a good program and it worked out for you.

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msfatty79 in Fort Myers, Florida

7 months ago

Hello everyone this comment is for goldenchld86, I would like to know how is class and how many do you take per semester, and if weekend clinicals is a all day event. I'm very interested in starting classes next year. Thanks

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

6 months ago

Class is going great! The amount of classes you take can vary. If you have transfer courses such as Psychology and Anatomy etc. you may take 2-3 courses a term. If not, you will have about 4 classes a term. Our hands on lab is on the weekends from 8-5pm once a month.

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rainandshine in Tampa, Florida

6 months ago

This is very insightful. I was thinking of going to State College in Bradenton. I live in Tampa. I'd be commuting 1+ hours a day for 2 years, unless I move a little closer. But there are students who travel for up to 4 hours it seems. Maybe the one in Orlando is a thought? My concern is having job placement. So far, on Indeed, only a few are posted but once in awhile and reposted which seem to be the national companies more and PRN.

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Jackie

5 months ago

Hello, this question is for goldenchld86. I just wanted to know if you have taken the Oral and Written communication course yet? How challenging is it? This may seem really silly but the recorded presentations is the only thing that makes me nervous….LOL. Also how is everything going with the labs? Do they offer study classes for the NBCOT? Thank you

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

4 months ago

Hey Jackie! I transferred my oral and written communications class in so i didn't have to take it at Remington so I'm sorry i can't give you anymore details :(. Labs are going pretty good I have no complaints!! We do review questions in class each lab to prep for the NBCOT and we were told that closer to the end of the program there is a practice exam given. Other than that they have recommended us to purchase a study book and study on our own.

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goldenchld86 in Riverview, Florida

4 months ago

rainandshine in Tampa, Florida said: This is very insightful. I was thinking of going to State College in Bradenton. I live in Tampa. I'd be commuting 1+ hours a day for 2 years, unless I move a little closer. But there are students who travel for up to 4 hours it seems. Maybe the one in Orlando is a thought? My concern is having job placement. So far, on Indeed, only a few are posted but once in awhile and reposted which seem to be the national companies more and PRN.

As far as I know Remington does not offer job placement. Of course hopefully the places we do our fieldwork at may be able to hire us after we graduate and become certified. It doesn't hurt to check Remington out if the daily commute to Bradenton is a concern. I personally needed to work and go to school which is why Remington works best for me. Of course State College of Florida will be cheaper compared to A private school like Remington so that's something else to consider when choosing!

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Ncarpend in Grand Junction, Colorado

4 months ago

Looking at completing the Saint Catherine OTA program, has anyone completed this hybrid program yet? Also looking at the Remington Program but want to obtain my Master of OT after the OTA completion; any advice? Thanks Nikki

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MrsDV in Berlin, Maryland

4 months ago

Ncarpend in Grand Junction, Colorado said: Looking at completing the Saint Catherine OTA program, has anyone completed this hybrid program yet? Also looking at the Remington Program but want to obtain my Master of OT after the OTA completion; any advice? Thanks Nikki

Hi Nikki,

I am in my last semester of St. Catherine's COTA program. I am in the first graduating class and it has been a wonderful experience. All of the course work is done on on line, expect you have to go to lab once a month. I will be in my last level 2 fieldwork in October. It has worked great with my scheduled. I also already had my bachelors degree in Health and Exercise Science so I didn't have to take any of the prerequisites. It is a 16 month program and it has flown by. You should look into their program, I highly recommend it!

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ms.cd in Maryland in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

Hi MrsDV. I am so happy to have found this forum. I have been wanting to ask some one who actually taken or is in this online program questions because I was thinking abt enrolling next year. If you don't mind me asking is the online course work hard? How often do you take tests? If you get stuck or have questions is there someone always available? How is the lab and clinical part?

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Mz.K in Pinellas Park, Florida

2 months ago

Hi goldenchild86, I just got off the phone with a rep at Remington about the OTA program. I am waiting to hear back if I made it into a program that I applied for at a State College. But if I do not make it in, I want to have my back up plan in order. This sounds like a pretty neat program and like you stated it will still allow me the freedom to remain employed. However a few things make me kind of nervous..1 Everything being online. I am not sure with such serious and I imagine difficult material to learn if on line would be the best way to learn this. What happens if you are really stuck on something or just not fully grasping it? What do you do in this type of situation? Do you find the information that you are reading to be pretty straight forward, or do you always find yourself kind of stuck? My other concern is that the program is so new, there has never been a graduating class yet (or has there)? I usually like to check the statistics of schools pass/fail rate to get a good idea of things. Sorry to flood you with so many questions, but your reviews have been most helpful. So I figure who better to ask other than someone who is currently going through this. How are things going for ya? Still pretty good? Any advice, recommendations, regrets?? (lol sorry again) I am just a little nervous, but very interested in this at the same time.

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niconichole@*****.*** in Fayetteville, North Carolina

1 month ago

Hi, does anyone know of an online school for accredited OTA program in North Carolina? I reside in North Carolina and it is more convenient for me to clinical and lab in same state. Any assistance is greatly appreciated

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Davey in Austin, Texas

1 month ago

www.aota.org/education-careers/find-school.aspx

Scroll down to distance learning and click on OTA online programs.
Note, there has been a significant increase in the number of OTA programs closing in the USA. Don't know why?

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