Occupational Therapy Assistant
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The OTA program prepares you for a career helping others improve their quality of life. You will use rehabilitative activities and exercises to help clients of all ages overcome physical, emotional, mental and/or social disabilities and become independent in their activities of daily living. You can work in hospitals, schools, mental health centers, nursing homes, and in the community. PCC graduates hold positions throughout Colorado and in many different states. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that this will be one of the fastest-growing careers in the foreseeable future.
This program teaches you to work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist to assess clients of all ages, design individual rehabilitative programs, create goals, and help clients meet their goals while monitoring their progress.
The program consists of 18 months of academic preparation and 16 weeks of clinical preparation for graduation. When you graduate from the program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become certified and to practice in Colorado. Most states require licensure; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT exam.
The OTA program has a selective admissions policy due to a limited number of clinical sites. You must submit a completed application packet available through the Health and Public Safety office or on the Pueblo Community College's OTA website available from November 1-March 1. You must have completed all basic skills requirements to perform at a college level in reading, math, and English. You must also have a cumulative 2.5 GPA in college courses or on high school transcripts if no college courses have been taken. In addition, you must have vision, hearing, tactile sensation, gross and fine motor strength and coordination, memory, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills adequate to allow effective communication, ensure safety of self and others, document accurately, and provide evaluation and treatment meeting medical standards required by facilities.
Note: You must undergo a background check before we can officially admit you into the program. A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinary proceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance into the program and/or eligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification exam. Contact NBCOT at (301) 990-7979 or www.nbcot.org for an Early Determination Review.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301-652-2682). www.acoteonline.org