Occupational Therapy Assistant

If you want a career where you make a difference, then consider becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). You’ll work with patients and help them overcome challenges. You’ll teach them techniques for maintaining independent living and a high quality of life. As an OTA, you have the power to change lives!

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the functioning of the human body, including sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive components… demonstrate clinical reasoning skills… learn how to administer treatments and screenings using appropriate procedures under the direction of an occupational therapist… and much more.

Improving Patient Quality of Life

Our OTA program has one purpose and one purpose only––to prepare you to work as an occupational therapy assistant. And it’s the only one in the central Pennsylvania area! What are you waiting for? Apply today!

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Disclaimer: Central Penn College cannot guarantee clinical placements for students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (AAS) ACCREDITATION

Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929., (301.652.6611), WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.

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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 GRADUATE WILL BE A CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (COTA). IN ADDITION, ALL STATES REQUIRE LICENSURE TO PRACTICE; HOWEVER, STATE LICENSES ARE USUALLY BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE NBCOT CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION. A FELONY CONVICTION MAY AFFECT A GRADUATE’S ABILITY TO SIT FOR THE NBCOT CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION OR ATTAIN STATE LICENSURE.

Courses

Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lab
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
Therapeutic Techniques I & II
Developmental Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation
Developing Professional Behaviors in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Pathology and Function
Level II Fieldwork Experience
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

People who thrive in this field

  • Compassionate
  • Focused
  • Good Communicator
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • People Person
  • Difference-maker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Caring and empathetic

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“I loved the fast-paced program and I could immediately tell their OTA department was incredible. Looking back, I really don’t see how any other college could have offered me the experience that Central Penn did.”

Lindsey Burgard, ’19, Occupational Therapy Assistant

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