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Depending on the areas of work, an occupational therapy assistant's
general duties may include...
- Observing patient's skills & capacity to
determine ability level.
- Selecting appropriate activities such as manual
arts, crafts, daily living skills, recreation, and neuro-developmental
- Assisting in planning therapy programs.
- Preparing and designing materials, equipment,
and adaptive devices for patient use, and instructing patients
in their use.
- Teaching patients skills and techniques and
how to adapt to home and work activities and social environment.
- Transporting patients, assembling equipment,
obtaining supplies, and preparing and maintaining work areas.
What kind of classes will I need to take
In addition to general education
classes required of all students seeking associate's degrees, students
in the occupational therapy assistant program will study anatomy
and physiology, kinesiology, psychology, medical terminology, first
aid, and various occupational therapy classes that build specific
skills necessary in the field.
Students learn about ethical and legal issues
in the practice of occupational therapy, psychiatric and physical
conditions most frequently treated, theories of treatment and rehabilitation,
treatment techniques, skills in the use of equipment, and treatment
materials, and other pertinent skills. As students advance in their
studies, they will move to clinical settings where they will observe,
then perform tasks under supervision.
A felony conviction may affect the graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state license.
Accreditation Status of the OTA Program at Mott:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The address is: ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The website is www.acoteonline.org.
Employment opportunities are good.
Nationally, employment of OTA's is expected to increase much faster
than the average for all occupations through the year 2014. The
number of graduates has fallen short of demand.
Salaries may vary according to education and
experience, and the type, size, and location of the employer. In
Michigan hospitals and related institutions, the average salary in 2011
for OTA's was $45,955. For information on current salaries visit
Advancement depends on experience, education,
responsibilities, and performance. A career ladder for OTA's may
be: OTA, occupational therapist, supervising therapist. Our aging
population, advances in medical technology that save lives, and
our rising life expectancy all contribute to the increased demand
for occupational therapy services.
What degree will I hold when I finish?
Students who complete the Occupational
Therapy Assistant Program at MCC are candidates for an Associate
in Applied Science degree.
After graduation from the OTA Program students take the national certification exam.
The Total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination in 2010-2012 was 28 out of 36 (78%). During that 3-year time period the program had 41 graduates.
How can I find out more or enroll in the
You can find out more about the
field of occupational therapy assistant by visiting Mott Community
College's Career Resourcet Center, second floor, Prahl College
Center on the main campus, (810) 762-0250.
The OTA program courses are offered
only at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton. General education courses
required for the program may be offered on the main campus as well.
The program coordinator will answer specific questions and assist
you with scheduling. The program coordinator can be called at (810)
762-5018 or emailed at Wendy.Early@mcc.edu.