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

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jmpeterson289 in Charlotte, North Carolina

32 months ago

Hi!
Hope everyone is well.

I am a year of college with a BA in Psychology/Sociology and with a full time job. I am very interested in getting my certification as an occupational therapy assistant (COTA), but I need to remain working full time to pay bills and..well..be an adult. It is a desire of mine to become a COTA, but I just can't do it without the help of online classes and some kind of bridge program where I can do some here and there..and the clinicals part time.

Anyone else experience this? Or know of any programs like this in NC?

Thank you!

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ginolane@gmail.com in Lake Charles, Louisiana

31 months ago

I also have 2 degrees and looking to be a COTA

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Lhaynes in Woodlawn, Virginia

27 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

9 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

15 days 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

15 days 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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