Associate in Science
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Occupational therapist assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.
Occupational therapy assistants help clients with rehabilitative activities and exercises outlined in a treatment plan developed in collaboration with an occupational therapist. Activities range from teaching the proper method of moving from a bed into a wheelchair to the best way to stretch and limber the muscles of the hand. Assistants monitor an individual’s activities to make sure that they are preformed correctly and to provide encouragement. They also record their client’s progress for the occupational therapist. If the treatment is not having the intended effect, or the client is not improving as expected, the therapist may alter the treatment program in hopes of obtaining better results. In addition, occupational therapist assistants document the billing of the client’s health insurance provider.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Florida Community College is approved for Program Development Status 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 is (301) 652-AOTA.
Clinical rotations scheduled in area hospitals and other medical centers are a part of the curriculum so that students graduate with hands-on experience as well as theoretical knowledge.
All general education courses must be completed before the last term of the occupational therapy assistant program. A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained.
Acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is based upon academic performance and other criteria. To be considered as a qualified applicant, individuals must complete the following by the application deadline:
- Have a complete occupational therapy assistant application on file.
- Complete the Health Occupations Test (HOT) and include the results in the occupational therapy assistant application file.
- Forward official college transcripts to the Occupational Therapy Program.
- Provide evidence of current CPR certification for health care providers (infant, child, adult).
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Record of Conviction of a Crime
The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice State of Florida Laws and Rules, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, will determine an occupational therapist assistant program graduate’s eligibility for licensure when there is an arrest/conviction record.
Clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences. The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.
Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.
A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
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Total Credit Hours: 70