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OTA FAQs 2014

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Is this program financial aid eligible?

This program is financial aid eligible. When you file your 2014-15 FAFSA include LBCC as the receiving school (ID number 006938). If you will be taking prerequisite or general education classes RCC you should also list RCC (ID number 010071). Financial aid is disbursed in equal payments. Students are advised that they will not receive any money until their entire tuition for the first three terms is paid in full. Payment options and plans may be available to those who qualify. You may pay online with a credit card or to the LBCC Business Office.

What is the cost of the program?

The total cost for the OTA program including all required courses to complete your AAS degree is $21,364 (subject to change).

A $2,500 non-refundable deposit (plus $15 processing fee) is required prior to registration due to LBCC in August 2014. Financial aid cannot be used to pay this fee. A certified background profile (costing approximately $140) is required for fieldwork experience and is the responsibility of the student to create and pay for by August 2014. There may be additional expenses to complete immunizations and CPR certification.

If you are without financial aid you must pay half of the first year's fees by September 2014. Students accepted into the RCC cohort will need to apply to LBCC and pay a $30 registration fee and the $50 LBCC OTA online application fee. There is no fee for the RCC cohort application. Only accepted students will need to complete this process and it must be completed between April 15 and April 28, 2014.

How and where can I apply?

Visit the OTA website for 2014 cohort application information. You will be asked to complete both an online application and a paper submission. Applications will be accepted March 25, 2014 through April 8, 2014 by 5 pm. Students who score the highest in the application will be interviewed. A new requirement for 2014 is the completion of the LBCC online education module prior to application. You can complete this module by printing the certificate of completion and submitting a copy with your application.

What are the technology requirements for distance education?

In order to fully participate in program coursework there are technology expectations that must be considered. LBCC discusses these technical requirements on pages 16 and 17 of their distance education bulletin.

How are the program courses delivered?

Curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork components. The RCC cohort will follow a distance education model of accessing the OTA program-specific courses at the same time as traditional classroom students in Lebanon via the Internet. Students will be expected to attend OTA classes by logging on to their computers at the same time as other students from around the state. Laboratory experience will occur weekly in an RCC classroom on the Table Rock Campus with a local instructor. Fieldwork placements will depend on the availability of sites in the Rogue Valley. Potential students should consider the possibility of travel for their fieldwork experience and work schedule conflicts that could result. Students should plan to travel to Lebanon at least twice per term for all day testing and special laboratory presentations.

What are the prerequisites?

Four courses required as prerequisites for application to the program. Please note the new five-year requirement for math.

  • WR121 English Composition – 4 Credits
  • MTH65 Fundamentals of Algebra II – 4 Credits must be completed after September 23, 2009
  • BI101 Introduction to Biology I w/lab OR BI211 General Biology I w/lab – 4 Credits
  • CS120 Concept in Computing I – 4 Credits

    In order to count as education points on the application, all courses must be completed and transcripts received by April 8, 2014.

    You may use 2014 spring term coursework to meet the minimum application requirements. Proof of minimum course completion from an institution other than LBCC must be submitted via official, sealed transcripts to LBCC’s Admissions department no later than June 30, 2014 in order to keep your space in the program roster. No additional proof is required for courses completed at LBCC. If you do not pass the course(s) successfully, your application will then change to “denied” status.

How are points awarded on the application?

A description of the point breakdown is available on the RCC OTA application.

  • Prior experience in observing Occupational Therapy and/or volunteer/work in a healthcare setting.
  • Completion of prerequisite and general education courses based upon grades earned in those courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a ‘C’ or better and additional education points will be awarded for general education courses completed with a ‘B’ or better.
  • A personal statement of interest will be scored.
  • Residents of Jackson/Josephine County, Military Veteran’s or eligible spouses and Trade Act Affected eligible participants will receive additional points.

Interviews will be conducted for finalists based upon application points. Any psychology or anatomy and physiology course used for general education requirements must be completed after September 23, 2009 (within the past five years).

Who do I contact if I have Questions?

The RCC Allied Health Department Advisor/Navigation Coach, Christine Morris, is available for appointments to discuss your academic plan in preparation for applying to the RCC OTA partnership program. You can contact her at or 541-245-7846.

For program coordination questions contact Bruce Scanlon, Training Services Coordinator, or 541-245-7845.