Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS
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, low vision, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, physical dysfunction, and the effects of aging.
Maria’s Mission for Occupational Therapy Majors
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 programs. 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 healthcare. 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. A prior felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Exam and/or attain state authorization/licensure.
Maria OTA students will receive real-world experience by participating in two fieldwork experiences; Fieldwork I, Fieldwork II. Fieldwork I will fulfill the required 40 hours of service learning in the second year. Fieldwork II consists of 16 weeks (two separate eight-week rotations), that are eight hours per day. Students must successfully complete all Fieldwork II assignments within 18 months following completion of academic coursework.
The Occupational Therapy Assistants are entering a high demand career field. Learn more about the growth of this industry, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.