The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to provide skilled health care services under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists. Working collaboratively, the OTA is trained to provide services to consumers across the life span, particularly those with challenges (i.e. disease, injury, illness, wellness, prevention), that prevent active independent ‘living life to its fullest’ through daily occupations and tasks. Services may include, but are not limited to, treating a wide range of physical, developmental, psychological, social, and emotional conditions. Principles, theories and treatment interventions that emphasize best practices are the hallmark of this profession’s repertoire. Examples of types of intervention(s) include therapeutic exercises and activities, motor and life skills training, Basic Activities of Daily Living (BADL), and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) training, adaptive technological use and training, splint construction and usage, home modification, work-related intervention, psycho-social group programs, and consumer/care-giver education. Portions of the program’s courses incorporate the use of technology and/or may be offered in a distance learning format (online or hybrid).
Program CIP Code: 51.0803