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The Weatherford College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is two-year curriculum, comprised of classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. The course of study is designed to prepare the graduate to work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist and provide occupational therapy services to people with physical, mental, emotional or development disabilities. Occupational Therapy professionals assist individuals by increasing their independence in normal daily occupations.
The Weatherford College OTA Program offers a specialized health care curriculum designed to meet the needs of the people within its service area. The goal of the program is to graduate competent professionals who use clinical reasoning to provide occupational therapy services that are client centered, occupation based, and evidenced based. Graduates from this program are skilled at establishing therapeutic relationships and have a strong appreciation of the importance of community service. Program Goals
1. The student will demonstrate competency as a professional in the role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant. 2. The student will be able to establish therapeutic relationships. 3. The student will develop a strong appreciation of the importance of community service. 4. The student will use clinical reasoning to provide occupational therapy services that are client-centered, occupation-based, and evidence-based.
(1) **The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status 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) 652-6611. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupa-tional 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; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.