Important Information

Pertinent  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Information

 

 

DESCRIPTION

   This two-year program prepares students to become entry-level practitioners in the Occupational Therapy profession. The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA/COTA) provides comprehensive OT services under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT/OTR). OTA's are valued members of the health care team. They assist people of all ages and walks of life to maximize engagement and participation in desired and expected daily life activities through the use of occupations. KVCC has the only OTA program in the State of Maine. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.  Occupational Therapy Assistants must attain and maintain their own license in Maine. 

 

PERTINENT INFORMATION

   Applicants to the OTA program should be aware that a criminal background check and Department of Education fingerprinting  is required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field.  Certain service learning/fieldwork/ practicum sites, such as health care facilities, will most likely limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record.  State licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). For students to successfully complete the OTA program, they must be capable of performing the essential skills of the OTA student at KVCC, including professional and critical thinking skills with or without reasonable accommodations.

 

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES 

   Upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, a graduate is expected to:

  1. Successfully pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
  2. Demonstrate the use of professional values, consistent with the Occupational Therapy Core Values and Ethics, that allow them to function ethically and responsibly by demonstrating tolerance and respect for diversity of culture, age, gender, and ability.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication with clients, families, supervisors, and other members of their work environment using cultural competence.
  4. Employ logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity within their scope of professional practice.
  5. Participate in lifelong learning and professional competency activities as they relate to occupational therapy practice and professional choices.
  6. Demonstrate entry level competence as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

   Students who have been accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must:

  1. Agree to work with an outside agency to collect, document, and track required personal healthcare information (immunization status, BLS/CPR, healthcare background checks, etc.) as required by the OTA program. Each student is responsible for the cost of this service. Students are required to meet the OTA program’s deadlines for developing and maintaining a current personal healthcare information portfolio.
  2. Have professional liability insurance and healthcare insurance.
  3. Have internet access for email, online/blackboard enhanced coursework and/or discussion.
  4. Purchase required books and a KVCC/OTAS identification pin.
  5. Be capable of performing the essential skills and functions of the OTA student at KVCC with or without reasonable accommodations.

   All OTA students must assume personal responsibility for attaining and maintaining the necessary immunizations, background check/fingerprinting and transportation and/or other living costs to and from statewide fieldwork education sites.

 

GRADUATE INFORMATION

   Upon completing the OTA program, graduates:

  • are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam (NBCOT• ®) {National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 301-990-7979, FAX 301-869-8492 www.nbcot.org}
  • are required to be licensed to work in the State of Maine. {Board of OT Practice, Office of Licensing and Registration, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; 207-624-8603; www.maine.gov} (A felony conviction may restrict an individual from obtaining certification and/or licensure.)
  • receive Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification based on the educational competencies developed in the OTA program.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates can work many populations:

Children and youth • Education • Health and Wellness • Mental Health • Productive Aging • Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation • Work and industry

 

TRADITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES include:

  • Hospitals 
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health Facilities 
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Schools 
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities Programs
  • Child Development Programs
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Community Home Health Agencies
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation  

     

NON-TRADITIONAL AND EMERGING PRACTICE NICHES include:

Accessibility & Home Modification • Employment supports •Ergonomics & Workplace Health • Older Driver Assessment • Alzheimer’s disease and caregiver training • Low-vision rehabilitation • End of Life care • Assisted Living and Aging in Place •Technology and Assistive-device Assessment and intervention • Health and wellness coaching • Community mental health partnerships • Obesity • Independent Living Skills/Community Reintegration

 

 

 

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

   Students must complete 70 credits in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, achieve a minimum grade of "C," or "PASS" criteria, in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.00 or higher.

 

 Program Contact

Diane Sauter-Davis MA, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
(207) 453-5172
dsauter@kvcc.me.edu 
 

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