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