Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ashley Fournier, student
What is Occupational Therapy?
The Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association defines Occupational Therapy as a “skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the ‘skills for the job of living’ necessary for independent and satisfying lives.”
Do You Enjoy Caring For Others?
Our Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree program will prepare you to care for clients who are limited by a physical illness or injury, an emotional disorder, a developmental disability, or the aging process. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will work under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist and will apply functional activities and therapeutic modalities as methods of treatment. Therapy focuses on assisting clients in restoring or maintaining independence in everyday life skills.
You will gain hands-on experience through: training in activities of daily living; fabrication of splints; adapting home, work, and school environments; vocational training; and therapeutic use of functional activities. As part of your clinical work, you will learn from experienced, practicing Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants within a variety of health care and community settings.
For added flexibility, all Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are offered during the evening and on weekends. You can complete your degree in 18 months full-time or 36 months part-time.
Upon graduation, you will be qualified to sit for the national certification administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Connecticut requires a license in order to practice occupational therapy and the license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. In addition to Connecticut, other states including Massachusetts and Rhode Island also require state licensure in order to practice after completing a program at an occupational therapy assistant school.
Our OTA program prepares students to work in a variety of settings:
- Alternative Communities
- Assisted Living Facility
- Nursing Homes
- Rehabilitation Centers
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Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Goodwin College was issued the accreditation status of Probationary Accreditation effective April 9, 2016 for failure to comply with 2011 OTA Standards A.5.6 (certification exam pass rates) and C.1.7 (fieldwork focus on psychological and social factors). A Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance of the Standards within the mandated period was submitted and accepted. A Progress Report will be submitted for the June and October 2016 and April 2017 meetings. Full details of the program’s accredited status are available on the American Occupational Therapy Association's website.
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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. When you apply to sit for the certification exam, you will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felony convictions. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure. Connecticut requires a license in order to practice occupational therapy and the license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
The total number of graduates from Goodwin College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the three year period 2012-2014 was 88, with an overall graduation rate of 75%.
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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found here.
Find more information in the Academic Catalog