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Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Weatherford College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is a two-year curriculum (approximately 20 months after prerequisites are complete) comprised of classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. It is located on the Mineral Wells Campus of Weatherford College. 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.

Mission Statement

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offers a specialized health care curriculum designed to meet the needs of the people within its service area. It is our desire to prepare competent students who will serve our community members with commitment and compassion. The goal of the program is to graduate professionals who are skilled at establishing therapeutic relationships and providing OT interventions that are occupation based, client centered, and evidence based.

1)  Clinical Competency

2)  Problem-Solving/Critical Thinking Skills

3)  Effective Interpersonal and Communication Skills

4)  Professionalism

5)  Knowledge of OT Theories and Frames of Reference

6)  Effective Therapeutic Relationships.

 ** Weatherford College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program was initially accredited in December 2013.

ACOTE’s contact information:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD  20814-3449

National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD  20877

After successful completion of the OTA program, graduates will be able to sit for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most states, including Texas, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.