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The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants as individuals that “help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and develop social skills, helping people recovering from an injury to regain function through retraining and/or adaptations, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.”
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a 60- credit hour, four-semester block curriculum that provides basic knowledge and skills for entry-level entrance into the workforce. Upon satisfactory completion of this curriculum, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).