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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Wor-Wic's occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program 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, 301-652-AOTA, (www.acoteonline.orgExternal Link). Graduates can take the national occupational therapy assistant certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, graduates are certified as occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) and are eligible to apply for state licensure. Students interested in this program should be aware that being convicted of a felony could affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification exam or obtain state licensure.

This associate of applied science degree program is designed to prepare graduates for jobs as occupational therapy assistants. OTAs help patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. They are directly involved in providing therapy to patients under the direction of occupational therapists.

Students enrolled in this program obtain clinical experiences at a variety of local institutions, such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, day care centers, nursing facilities, mental health facilities, pediatric centers and school systems.

Due to the limited number of spaces available in this program, selection is on a competitive basis. Interested individuals must follow the procedures in the occupational therapy assistant admission information packet, which is available in the occupational therapy assistant department or in the admissions office. In order to be considered for admission in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the third Friday in June. In order to graduate with an associate of applied science degree, students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all OTA and psychology courses.

Please see the Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Information PacketAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon for more information.

Mission, Vision, Philosophy

The overall mission of the OTA program is to recruit, educate, and graduate a diverse group of students who are prepared to successfully pass the national certification exam for Occupational Therapy Assistants, obtain state licensure as Occupational Therapy Assistants, and enter the workforce as certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistants. Students enrolled in this program will obtain didactic, observational and direct clinical experience at a variety of local institutions. These experiences may include acute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, day care centers, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric facilities, pediatric centers, and the school system.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program of Wor-Wic Community College is committed to being recognized as the comprehensive quality education resource of choice for residents on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland who wish to pursue a career in the field of Occupational Therapy as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program fills a need for highly qualified certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners on the Lower Eastern Shore, the state of Maryland, and the region.

Graduates of the OTA Program will have a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of how engagement and occupation, developmentally across the lifespan from birth to the end of life, can give meaning, fulfillment, and quality to an individual’s life. In addition to traditional classroom lecture, students will experience laboratory practicums, group work, cultural experiences, interaction with practitioners, and direct clinical fieldwork experiences.

Intended Learning Goals

OTA Curriculum Design Graduates of this program should be able to:
  1. Engage and recognize the value of lifelong learning;
  2. Understand physical and psychological development across the lifespan;
  3. Understand the theory and practice of how engagement and occupation across the lifespan give meaning, fulfillment and quality to an individual’s life by focusing on occupational therapy’s practice framework and using the performance areas of occupation for intervention with individuals;
  4. Demonstrate competency in the skills of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant, including observing patient performance, interpreting performance, implementing activity analysis, understanding and taking vital signs, understanding and working with groups of patients, constructing and/or modifying a split and prioritizing treatment goals;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to assist with assessment and provide treatment for range of motion, muscle testing and strengthening, adaptations, gradation, activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, cognitive skills, sensory skills, tactile skills and fine motor performance;
  6. Advocate for the client and profession of occupational therapy;
  7. Demonstrate and use evidence-based practice and occupational therapy techniques;
  8. Comply with the code of ethics and standards for the practice of occupational therapy;
  9. Demonstrate collaborative relationships with occupational therapists and other health care team members; and
  10. Successfully complete the national occupational therapy assistant certification exam.

Program Outline

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S. DegreeAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon

Program Outcomes

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspxExternal Link

OTA Program data results: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program OutcomesAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon

For additional information about the occupational therapy assistant program, contact:

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Lori Hazel
Administrative Associate I, Allied Health
410-572-8740

Kinesics Purnell
Fieldwork Coordinator and Instructor of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
410-572-8771

Ellen Siegmund
Department Head and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
410-572-8768
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