Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Mission Statement
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is to graduate and prepare competent and caring OTA professionals through progressive and active learning experiences.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant will be able to:

  • Utilize the foundational knowledge and clinical competencies across the life span for entry level practice as a generalist in current practice settings and emerging practice areas.
  • Practice client-centered, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive therapeutic intervention.
  • Display the professional behaviors and communication skills required for successful client and inter-professional collaboration.
  • Employ ethical behavior, values, and attitudes that uphold the American Occupational Therapy Associations Code of Ethics and professional standards.
  • Identify the importance of lifelong learning.
  • Apply knowledge of Occupational Therapy Core Curriculum by passing the Occupational Therapy Assistant examination on the first sitting.
  • Meet the national and state requirements for entry into clinical practice.

The conceptual framework for the organization and progression of the curriculum consists of the following themes:

  • The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework Domain and Process, 3rd Ed.
  • Holistic, Client Centered, Occupational & Evidence Based Interventions
  • Professional Behaviors for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • OTR and COTA Role Delineation
  • Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Documentation and Quality Assurance
  • Active and Life-long Learning Processes
The concepts listed above are interwoven throughout the curriculum design in a progressive nature through which students gain new knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote and encourage professional behaviors and develop clinical reasoning skills.
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