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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA): Welcome

LibGuides for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program

WELCOME TO CABARRUS COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

OTA STUDENTS

BACKPACK AWARENESS EVENT

ELIZABETH DUNCAN KOONTZ ELEMENTARY, 2018

Convocation, Fall 2018

Convocation, Fall 2018

 Lavender Friday

Compasionate Care CHS NorthEast Foundation Grant

OTA and Nursing Students - March 2018

OTA Class Project

OTA Class Presenting Projects

OTA Class with MOT students 2017

OTA students working with MOT students

OTA and MOT students at the NCOTA Fall Conference, 2017

OTA and MOT students at the NCOTA Fall Conference, 2017

OTA  Students

Annual Legislative Day, July 2018

Healing Touch Tables, 2019

Healing Touch, 2019

Gene Woods and Nancy Green

February, 2018

OTA  and Nursing Students

OTA  and Nursing Students working together

2 students with ota class project, fall 2017

OTA CLASS PROJECT, FALL 2017

 Lavender Friday

Compasionate Care CHS NorthEast Foundation Grant

OTA and Nursing Students - March 2018

OTA HEALING TOUCH, 2018

OTA student with her class project, fall 2017

OTA CLASS PROJECT, FALL 2017

WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

The Practice of Occupational Therapy is the therapeutic use of everyday life activities, referred to as occupations.  Occupational Therapist work with individuals of all ages who, because of illness, injury, or development or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance in learning the skills to enable them to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.  Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and contextual aspects of performance through interventions that support meaningful patterns of engagement in the occupations and daily life activities. 

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.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

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.

ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION

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

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be credentialed as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination, as well as character references and criminal record checks. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.