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Graduates of the OTA program are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Program Start Date: Every Fall Semester
Average Class Size: 20
Program Length: 18 Months (5 Semesters)
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time
Course Availability: Day Classes (2-3 days a week)
Program Location: Pueblo
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Career InformationThe OTA Program prepares you for a career in 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 challenges and maximize one’s independence in their activities of daily living. You can work in hospitals, schools, mental health centers, skilled nursing facilities, 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.
What Will I LearnThis 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 fieldwork prior to graduation. When you graduate from the program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, Colorado requires licensure through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
Our Cutting Edge FacilitiesThe classroom and lab combination assists students in gaining realistic opportunities that they will encounter as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
AccreditationThe 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
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
PCC is the only Public institution that offers an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in CO. The National Exam (NBCOT) pass rates are above national average.