Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
If you have a passion for helping people, for restoring dignity and helping to rebuild lives, then a career in occupational therapy may be for you. Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) help people with many concerns, including developmental disabilities, vision rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, geriatrics and physical dysfunction, outpatient and home care, and autism.
The mission of Maria’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is to give students a quality academic and clinical education in preparation for work with individuals of all abilities, ages, and from various cultural and socioeconomic groups. The program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the occupational therapy profession, and the College’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy—both acknowledging the value of human differences and individuality.
Occupational Therapy courses are offered in the Day Division and Weekend College. Courses are taught in a combination of lecture, discussion and demonstration, with active participation being vital to student learning. Clinical experience is offered in a variety of traditional settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, mental health facilities, developmental centers and schools. emerging areas of OT practice in community and social systems are used to reflect local current trends in health care. Clinical laboratory and fieldwork education are scheduled during the day hours for all students. Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program may need to be certified in CPR and/or fingerprinted with background checks to meet individual clinical site requirements.
CLINICAL OBSERVATION AND FIELDWORK REQUIREMENTS
- OcT 111 (Introduction to OT) includes 40 day hours of clinical observation.
- OcT 117 (Fieldwork I) consists of two weeks, full-time days, following spring final examinations.
- Fieldwork requirement in the Day Fourth Semester or Weekend Eighth Term—Following successful completion of academic coursework, students must select two or three Fieldwork II courses (OcT 216-219), each consisting of four to eight weeks, for a total of 16 weeks and a minimum total of 12 credits. All OTA students must complete Fieldwork II within 18 months following completion of academic course work.
ADDITIONAL OTA FEES
- OTA Fee – $100/semester
- OTA Senior Review Seminar/Testing Fee (OcT 230) – $250
- Malpractice insurance – $20/year
- Uniforms, required – Outfitter’s Fee