Occupational Therapy Assistant
Students enrolled in the occupational therapy assistant program at Central Piedmont earn an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Students interested in becoming occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) are compassionate and encouraging; occupational therapists are drawn to helping people. In their role, they follow a treatment plan to help their patients improve movements and functions. Because they work closely with patients and occupational therapists, they must have strong communication skills.
What You Will Learn
Occupational therapy assistants help individuals of all ages with rehabilitative activities and exercises outlined in a treatment plan developed in collaboration with an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy assistants, through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations), help people affected by disease, illness, injury, or condition, to participate in the things they want and need to do. Occupational therapy has a holistic perspective, focusing on finding a fit between the person, his environment, and his chosen life activities/occupations.
In our occupational therapy program you will quickly acquire foundational knowledge in occupational therapy theory, kinesiology, therapy and medical terminology, and therapy principles. You will practice intervention and preparatory techniques to safely monitor and evaluate patient performance related to sensation, movement, vision, perception, cognition, emotions, and daily routines. Our students also learn how to review medical history, maintain patient records, perform patient transportation, and perform therapy activities using specialized equipment for patients of varying ages and abilities. Through training, you will also study legal regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act; professional and ethical standards; and federal, state, and local requirements.
Graduates of our program are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion, they become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Once you successfully pass the national certification examination, you can apply for a license in any state.
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Why Choose Central Piedmont
Central Piedmont’s occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
- 2015: 25 student graduates with a 96% graduation rate; 100% pass rate on the certification exam
- 2016: 23 student graduates with a 96% graduation rate; 95% pass rate on the certification exam
- 2017: 23 student graduates with a 92% graduation rate; 100% pass rate on the certification exam
- total student graduates for this program for 2015-2017 was 71
- NBCOT program data results
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE):
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
In our program, you will spend more than 600 hours of supervised clinical training in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric clinics, and other settings to gain invaluable hands-on experience that supplements and complements traditional classroom learning. Our program has a 100% pass rate for 2015 for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification examination.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.