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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 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.

The associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all 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.

NBCOT Information:
info@nbcot.org
One Bank Street
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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