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Occupational Therapy Assistant

“Skills for the job of living.”

The OTA program has been in existence since 1988 and has maintained accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Students enrolled in this curriculum of study learn to assist in providing occupational therapy to many different individuals with a variety of medical and psychosocial diagnoses. They may also learn to work with toddlers, school age children, and the elderly.



Program

Associate of Applied Science


Occupational Therapy Assistants can provide treatment intervention in:

  • Motor skills to enable someone to perform their self care/personal hygiene
  • Fine motor/hand skills to perform all of the educational activities expected of a school age child or college student
  • Skills to enable someone to live independently (e.g. cooking, cleaning, paying bills, shopping)
  • Home modification to support someone “aging in place.”
  • Provision of adaptive equipment/construction of splints to facilitate independence
  • Skills required to engage in productive occupations

Graduates of this program can work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Community based health care centers
  • Nursing facilities
  • School systems
  • Inpatient/Outpatient mental health programs
  • Rehabilitation centers

Accreditation

This 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. This program has been granted re-accreditation through the year 2016/2017.

Year Students entering in Fall Graduates from Cohort Graduation rate
2011 35 34
99%
2012 38 35
92%
2013 35 27
77%
Total 108 96
92%

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