Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Award: Associate in Applied Science
- Credits: 72
- Delivery: Face-to-face
- WIA Certified
About this Program
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals who have limitations. These limitations may include physical or mental health and developmental or learning abilities. Individuals may also be limited by poverty and cultural differences or the aging process. OT is used to prevent disability, and maintain health in the areas of work, play, leisure, education, communication interaction and activities of daily living. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program includes general and technical courses and supervised fieldwork experiences. The Level II fieldwork experience must be completed within 18 months of finishing the OTAC courses. Enrollment in the OTA program may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. Acceptance by the College does not constitute acceptance into the OTA program. Students are considered to be Pre-OTA until they have been accepted to enroll in OTA courses. Interested students must complete an OTA program application in order to be considered for enrollment in the OTA program. Students interested in enrolling in this major are encouraged to contact OTA faculty to find out specific requirements for admission into this program. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) 12 South Summit Ave, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 (301) 990-7979. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be nationally certified. Many states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on results of NBCOT certification examination. History of a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or obtain state licensure (inquire regarding appeals process).
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