Occupational Therapy Assistant
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health profession that uses purposeful occupations and meaningful activities with individuals whose lives have been disrupted by physically disabling injury or illness, cognitive deficits, developmental challenges, the aging process, and psychosocial challenges.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist (OT). Under the guidance of an OT, OTAs play an important role in carrying out treatment programs. They may choose or construct equipment that helps clients to function more independently, plan and carry out treatment occupations for individuals or groups of clients, and work closely with families as clients prepare to return home. The OTA focuses on treatment and health restoration through meaningful occupations and finds ways to restore function so that people can continue their pursuit of what means most to them in their lives.
Which qualities or personal traits are useful in practicing occupational therapy?
OTAs need patience, understanding and compassion when dealing with clients facing health problems. Patience is important because many clients may not show rapid progress and practitioners must be prepared for that challenge. Compassion and understanding are also vital when working with clients who have disabilities that require them to undergo extensive and sometimes painful treatment in order to improve function. OT professionals must have a passion for performing life-changing work. Part of that passion includes a drive to use creative problem-solving to come up with treatments and adaptations that will be meaningful to the people they serve and that will help them fulfill their life’s most important occupations and roles.
What is the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants?
The U.S Department of Labor predicts that employment for OT assistants will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022 and will increase by 40% or more.
What is the salary for occupational therapy assistants?
The median wage is $53,000.
Where do occupational therapy practitioners work?
Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of job settings. Public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, physician practices, community agencies and home health agencies are all job settings that may employ occupational therapy practitioners.
Does occupational therapy offer opportunities for individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds?
Yes, the OT profession wants to increase the number of practitioners representing culturally diverse backgrounds. Target populations include African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. Other underrepresented groups include people with disabilities and men.
INFORMATION ON ACCREDITATION:
The occupational therapy assistant 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 iswww.acoteonline.org.
GRADUATING FROM THE OTA PROGRAM AND BECOMING AN OTA:
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for 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 graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (cota). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the nbcot certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the nbcot certification examination or attain state licensure.
RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (NBCOT) EXAMINATION
The OTA Program graduates currently have 98% pass rate on the national certification exam.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
THE OTA PROGRAM GRADUATION RATES FOR 2012-2015:
The total number of graduates from the MTC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three-year period of 2013-2015 was 57 with an overall graduation rate of 85%.
EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION FOR OTA PROGRAM GRADUATES:As of 2015, over 75% of OTA Program graduates are gainfully employed in the OTA profession in the state of Ohio and across the United States.
What are the requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?
Once ACCEPTED INTO THE OTA Program at MTC students will complete the following BEFORE February 1 during the first academic year in the OTA Program:
MTC General Admission: Information regarding the general admission process to MTC can be obtained online at:
http://www.mtc.edu/admission/index.html or by contacting the Admissions Office at: 740-389-4636. The general admission process must be completed before applications to the OTA Program will be considered.
The OTA program starts in the fall term and is designed for completion in 5 consecutive semesters. Students can take some courses toward the degree prior to admission. It will take a minimum of 5 semesters to complete the program once admitted because of the sequence of the professional courses in the OTA program.
Travel to Clinical Sites:
Students enrolled in the OTA program at MTC will have the opportunity to complete clinical assignments in conjunction to classroom and lab instruction. Clinical assignments for students are arranged so that all students can benefit by learning through a variety of clinical experiences. Such assignments may be in clinical facilities outside the college’s immediate service area.
Applications to the OTA Program at Marion Technical College must be completed and submitted to Marion Technical College by April 1st in order to begin the program the following fall.
If required, college foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements. A complete listing of all requirements is available at www.ohioalliedhealth.com
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