Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cabarrus College prepares students to assist people across the lifespan who have experienced physical, mental, or developmental conditions to develop or regain skills for everyday tasks.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for OTAs are expected to grow much faster than average, especially in geriatrics and pediatrics.

Career options exist in hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, outpatient centers, industry, and rehabilitation centers.

The OTA program offers a two year Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Instruction focuses on clinical reasoning skills to create customized, therapeutic interventions and adaptations to the client's environment. Students' progress from basic fundamental skill sets to demonstrated clinical competencies and, finally, to intensive fieldwork. Cabarrus College partners with over 90 different sites for clinical opportunities.

Following graduation and prior to employment, students are required to pass the National Board for Certification Examination in Occupational Therapy Assistant. In addition, most states require licensure. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the national certification examination or to attain state licensure.

Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Cabarrus College is accredited by:
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Ln., Ste 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449
AOTA phone number: 301-652-AOTA

Mission
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 Goals

  • Provide graduates with the foundational knowledge for entry level practice in occupational therapy assistant.
  • Facilitate the development of clinical competencies across the life span to be a generalist in OTA.
  • Provide graduates with the information to successfully pass the national certification examination on the first sitting.
  • Prepare graduates to embrace the significance of lifelong learning through credit and non- credit courses and activities.
  • Prepare graduates to meet the national and state requirements for entry into clinical practice.
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