Soon, those who are interested in pursuing a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant will be able to get their training at Bates Technical College.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association has granted developing program status to Bates’ Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, the first step in the accreditation process.
The developing program status allows Bates to begin offering the program in spring quarter, which begins Feb. 21, 2011. In the meantime, prospective OTA students can enroll in the required general education and prerequisite courses that will be offered during winter quarter. General education requirements include college-level English composition and math; prerequisite courses to be offered winter quarter are anatomy & physiology and medical terminology.
Once ACOTE grants accreditation, Bates OTA graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the OTA, which the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) administers.
OTA’s use therapeutic activities, exercises and adaptive techniques to help patients of all ages regain, develop or master daily life skills. OTA’s work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics, public schools, mental health centers, home health and nursing care facilities. According to the US Department of Labor’s 2010-2011 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, there’s a growing demand for this position.
Bates’ six quarter OTA program will accept a limited number of applicants each year. Graduates will earn an associate of technology degree, and after passing a national board exam, are ready for immediate employment as a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
Those interested in getting started with the program should contact Career Advising at 253.680.7002 or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/OTA.