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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Date: Every Fall Semester

    Award: AAS

    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 Information
    The 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 Learn
    The Occupational Therapy Assistant program teaches you to work in collaboration with and under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist in order to work with clients of all ages, design individual rehabilitative programs, create goals, and help clients meet their goals while monitoring their progress. You will rehabilitative activates to help clients of all ages overcome physical, emotional, mental and/or social limitations and become independent in their activities of daily living. 

    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 Facilities
    The classroom and lab combination assists students in gaining realistic opportunities that they will encounter as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. 

    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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301-652-2682). www.acoteonline.org

    Note: You must undergo a background check and drugscreen before we can officially admit you into the program.A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinaryproceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness orwillful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance intothe program and/or eligibility to sit for the NBCOTcertification exam. Contact NBCOT at 301.990.7979 or www.nbcot.org for an Early Determination Review.

    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, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.