Occupational Therapy Assistant
Throughout the curriculum, OTA students are exposed to traditional areas of practice where occupational therapy professionals deliver their services. These areas of practice include, but are not limited to: working with children and youth in clinical inpatient and clinical outpatient services, as well as in schools; working with adults in clinical inpatient and clinical outpatient services, as well as in work hardening programs; working with older adults in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and in day care centers; and working with adults with mental health and behavioral challenges who receive OT services in behavioral clinics, acute care community hospitals, and state hospitals. The students will also have direct exposure to emerging practice areas, specifically to the driver rehabilitation program.
The OTA program teaches students to implement occupational therapy treatment care plans, train and educate clients and their caregivers, be sensitive to clients’ different cultural backgrounds, embrace occupation-based practice as “the means and the end” of the OT practice, and to collaborate with other health care professionals to provide excellent, occupation-based and client-centered care under the appropriate supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at American Career College has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, (301) 652- 2682.
Once accreditation of the program has been granted, its graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice and licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to perform fieldwork, take the NBCOT certification examination, and attain state licensure.