Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

 

  • sharpen OT Skills at our Locke House close to campus

  • WORK WITH ALL AGES IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS

  • This occupation is expected to grow rapidly. 

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Occupational therapy is a health rehabilitation profession that uses activities as treatment to help people of all ages perform the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Occupational therapy assistant program

Teaches students the knowledge and skills needed for assessment and execution of tasks with their clients that lead to more productive, active lifestyles and independence.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA’s)

Assist with the evaluation and treatment of individuals with injuries, illnesses, cognitive impairments, psychosocial dysfunctions, mental illness, developmental and/or learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or other disorders or conditions.

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapists (OTs), the OTAs, who have completed the occupational therapy assistant program(s) are able to:

Assist with the evaluation and treatment of individuals with injuries, illnesses, cognitive impairments, psychosocial dysfunctions, mental illness, developmental and/or learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or other disorders or conditions.

Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapists (OT), the OTA, who has completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant programs is able to:
 

  1. Contribute to the evaluation process through the administration of assessments (standardized and non-standardized) for which they have established competency; and
  2. Implement therapeutic interventions which use purposeful activity for developing, improving, sustaining and/or restoring function in areas of occupation including daily living skills, instrumental activities of daily living, work performance, educational performance, social participation and leisure activities. The performance skills (motor, process and interaction) and client factors (mental, neuromusculoskeletal and sensory) are the elements of performance in which COTAs intervene for the purpose of attaining an individual’s highest level of functional independence within the appropriate environmental context. Under the supervision of an OT, OTA also assist in the design, development, adaptation, application and/or training in the use of assistive technology devices; the design, fabrication or application of orthotic devices; the training in the use of orthotic or prosthetic devices; application of physical agent modalities; and the adaptation of environments and processes to enhance functional performance.

The Kent State University at East Liverpool (KSUEL) associate-degree-level 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the 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.

Application Deadline: Applications for Fall 2020 Deadline May 15

Number of Students Accepted: Up to 25 each year

For more information contact:                                 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam Pass Rate

* Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.


PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DISCLOSURE

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.


ASSOCIATIONS

American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
301-652-AOTA 
www.acoteonline.org

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-990-7979
www.nbcot.org