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​Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

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Mission Statement

Mountain View College is reaching out to meet the needs of its community by offering convenient healthcare career training opportunities. This is consistent with the college's mission statement, which is "to empower people and transform communities." The OTA program's proposed mission statement is in the context of the institution's mission and goals. It states: "To prepare educated, competent, ethical and professional occupational therapy assistants who provide scientifically-based compassionate care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of diverse individuals within the community". The OTA program supports the general vision, values and mission of Mountain View College by preparing NBCOT-ready graduates who will positively impact the community.

What is Occupational Therapy?

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants as individuals who "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 support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes."

Accreditation

The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  ACOTE can be contacted at: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449, Phone: (301) 652-2682 (AOTA). The website for ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org.

Mountain View College Occupational Therapy Assistant program (OTA) has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by 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. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The accreditation process is designed to facilitate development and substantial support provided to the program during the process. You may contact the OTA program director as well as the AOTA Accreditation Department at www.acoteonline.org should you have any questions.


What does this mean?

Once a year, Mountain View College will admit approximately 12-14 students beginning in the fall semester.

Courses:

Pre-Requisites with a minimum 2.75 GPA (Must be complete before applying). 

Acceptance Criteria:

Total points are calculated by a formula.  Please refer to the OTA application packet for the formula. 

 

For more information please contact: 
Dr. Candice Freeman 
Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Allied Health/Nursing 
Allied Health & Science Bldg. Office W-29E
214.860.3605 • candicefreeman@dcccd.edu