Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy is a health profession that provides services to children and adults of all ages whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness, developmental problems, the aging process and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Occupational Therapy Assistants use occupation and purposeful activity with clients/patients to help them reach their maximum level of independence.  Specific tasks may include daily living skill training,
fabrication of adaptive equipment, leading individual and group treatment activities, adapting home environments, ADA architectural accessibility standards, enabling computer access for the disabled, cognitive retraining, improving development of gross/fine motor skills and activities that enhance quality of life. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree after successful completion of academic and fieldwork experiences.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20814-3425, (301) 652-2682, (301) 652-7711 (FAX), (800) 377-8555 (TTY). Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc (NBCOT). After successful completion of the
exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) and eligible for fieldwork state licensure, which is required to practice in Utah. Students with a history of a misdemeanor or felony may not be eligible for fieldwork placements, service learning requirements, state licensure or national certification and should contact the program coordinator before enrolling in classes.

Work settings includes acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, community living facilities, home health agencies, community mental health centers, school systems, nursing homes, burn centers and rehabilitation clinics.  Areas of practice may include pediatrics, geriatrics, physical dysfunction, psychiatry and assistive technology. COTAs work under the supervision of licensed, occupational therapists.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is an engaged service learning program. Service learning requirements are embedded in coursework. Students are required to spend 150 hours or more involved in service learning. Students may be required to attend conferences and out-of-state activities. The expenses of these requirements are additional student costs.  Expenses can be offset by enrollment in Americorps. Students with a “B” average or higher will graduate as civically engaged scholars.

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