Daily living made easier, independence made possible
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) support and enable their patients'/clients' participation in the activities of everyday life. In collaboration with licensed Occupational Therapists, OTAs work with patients'/clients' who are recovering from serious injury and may have a physical, emotional, social or a developmental disability. They help patients'/clients' of all ages full-fill educational, vocational and leisure skills. Demand is on the rise for well-trained graduates and OTAs enjoy competitive salaries and career options in a wide range of settings. ACC offers a nationally accredited Associate of Applied Science degree. Students also receive preparation for the national certification exam.
What skills can I gain?
Students build a solid educational foundation in areas of general academics while focusing on specialized Occupational Therapy Assistant training. Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students learn to promote and maintain function when patients experience injury, disease, or disability. They practice observing, carrying out treatments, and assisting with patient evaluations. OTA students also engage clients in therapeutic activities and occupations that enhance participation in various activities and document the client's progress. Teaching clients how to compensate for lost skills helping individuals with disabilities increase their independence are also skills taught in the program.
An OTA may perform any of the following activities:
- Teach a boy with cerebral palsy learn to hold a crayon with his hands
- Help a woman with arthritis adapt her kitchen
- Show a worker how to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome
- Assist a senior in learning to use public transportation
- Help someone relearn how to dress and bathe independently
- Work on ways to manage stress, plan meals, balance a checkbook, or use a computer
Students receive focused preparation for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) credentialing exam.
NBCOT (301) 990.7979, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Where can I work with this education?
Graduates can be eligible to work with children, adolescents, adults, or geriatric clients in the following settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, mental health facilities, private physician practices, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, community centers, and outpatient clinics. In schools, OTAs work with students who have learning disabilities, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome. OTAs often work with adults with traumatic injuries, the effects of a stroke, Alzheimer's disease, or mental health problems.
This program maintains accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (The American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; 301.652.2682). Program graduates are eligible to apply for Texas licensure through the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-510, Austin, TX 78701-3942; 512.305.6900).