Depending on the areas of work, an occupational therapy assistant's general duties
- Observing patient's skills & capacity to determine ability level.
- Selecting appropriate activities such as manual arts, crafts, daily living skills,
recreation, and neuro-developmental techniques.
- 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 at MCC?
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
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 Salary.com.
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.
Pass rates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
certification exam for our graduates can be found at National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
After graduation from the OTA Program students take the national certification exam.
How can I find out more or enroll in the program?
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.