Vision and Mission

Program’s Vision
Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Central Piedmont Community College will be recognized for their competence, compassion, and commitment to evidence-based and client-centered practice of occupational therapy.

Program’s Mission
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Central Piedmont Community College is to provide a high-quality, technologically superior, and innovative approach to teaching and learning, which promotes and advances life-long educational and professional development of our students, and facilitates their growth into principled practitioners of occupational therapy in the community.

AOTA Centennial Vision
“We envision that Occupational Therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.” (AOTA, 2007)

Trends in Occupational Therapy
In relation to the centennial vision, the American Occupational Therapy Association has identified practice areas that reflect the anticipated needs of society in the coming decades. These include: children and youth; health and wellness; mental health; productive aging; rehabilitation, disability, and participation; and work and industry.

Program’s Philosophy
The program’s philosophy is congruent with AOTA’s philosophical statement that “All individuals have an innate need and right to engage in meaningful occupations throughout their life.” (AOTA, 2011) and  the AOTA Centennial Vision.  The program acknowledges that human beings are dynamic creatures whose goals, environments, needs, desires, and abilities are ever changing. This drives the need for the program to focus on evidence-based and client-centered practice that reflects the needs of our service recipients as well as our community. The aim is to produce graduates who will serve a diverse population in the context of their environments using current and state of the art techniques and technology.

The program’s philosophy is also rooted in the beliefs of the humanistic philosophy of adult education. The purpose of this philosophy is to develop people open to change and continued learning; to enhance personal growth and development; to facilitate self-actualization, and; to reform society. (Zinn, 1991).  Students in the OTA program are recognized as adult learners who bring their unique life experiences to the educational process. While there is an expectation of self-directed learning on the part of the students, the faculty recognizes the need for goal-directed, experiential learning opportunities based on critical thinking and clinical reasoning, and reflective of current and emerging areas of practice.  This underscores commitment to the institution’s four core competencies.