Occupational Therapy is a health and wellness profession whose goal is to help people achieve independence and satisfaction an everyday life, no matter the barrier. Occupational Therapy helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of meaningful occupations. The Occupation Therapy practitioner provides “skills for the job of living”-those skills necessary to function where people live, learn and play. KVCC has the only OTA program in the State of Maine.
Occupational Therapy is a skilled profession which enables people of any social circumstance, age, ability, injury and/or disease to engage in meaningful life activities-the OCCUPATIONS of life (MeOTA, 2010). Occupational Therapy practitioners (Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants) use therapeutic strategies to promote participation in life roles and improve life situations at home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational Therapy practitioners promote health and wellness to those who are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction.
This two-year program prepares students to become entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistants
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. 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.
Upon successful completion of the prerequisites and/or admission requirements, applicants are admitted to a specific program on a space available basis.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has specific admission requirements. Please refer to the following link for additional information:
Criminal Background Check
Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program or as a condition of employment in the field. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s).
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. Felony convictions may affect a candidate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT National Certification Exam, obtain State OTA licensure and complete academic coursework (Level I and II fieldwork requirements and service learning).
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.
Exposure to Latex and Infectious Disease
Applicants who consider a career in Nursing or any of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.
Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Website: https: www. acoteonline.org
Upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, a graduate is expected to:
- Successfully pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
- Demonstrate the use of professional values consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association Core Values and Ethics Statements, that allow them to function ethically and responsibly by demonstrating tolerance and respect for diversity of culture, age, gender, and ability.
- Demonstrate effective communication with clients, families, supervisors, and other members of their work environment using cultural competence.
- Employ critical thinking, logic, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity within their scope of professional practice.
- Participate in lifelong learning and professional competency activities as they relate to occupational therapy practice and professional choices.
- Demonstrate entry level competence as an Occupational Therapy assistant.
The OTA program at KVCC provides students with technical knowledge and skills and promotes the facilitation of professionalism in order that graduates may be competent OT professionals. These outcomes will be evidenced as graduates:
- Enter the Occupational Therapy profession prepared to work competently at entry level of practice.
- Are eligible for certification by the NBCOT.
- Are eligible for licensure by the State of Maine and/or chosen state of practice.
- Incorporate values and attitudes congruent with the profession’s standards and ethics into practice.
- Provide occupational therapy services with necessary supervision in collaboration with occupational therapists and members of the health care community.
- Implement a variety of effective communication skills when interacting with peers, clients, family members, and other health care providers.
- Utilize individual creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in all OT transactions and interventions.
- Employ meaningful, culturally relevant, age suitable occupation as the focus of practice.
- Articulate and promote awareness and understanding of the profession of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Assistant’s role within the profession to individuals with varied knowledge of the profession.
- Assume responsibility for continued learning and skills development in Occupational Therapy practice to maintain service competency & currency with best practice.
- Participate in the evaluation, planning, and implementation and outcome satisfaction under the supervision of an OT.
- Participate in a systematic, ongoing evaluation of the OTA program to ensure quality of education.
- Promote health, wellbeing, and participation in life through engagement in occupation for all people who have or are at risk of developing an illness, disability, condition or restriction in occupational performance.
National Board of Certification (NBCOT) Pass Rates
|Kennebec Valley Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Graduation Rates|
|Class of||Number of Students Entering OTA Program||Number of Students Graduating||Graduation Rate|
|3-year total||51||36||70.6 %|
Current Program Costs
|Tuition||$ 6,720.00||$ 10,080.00||$ 13,440.00|
|Comprehensive Fee||$ 672.00||$ 1,008.00||$ 1,344.00|
|Course Fees||$ 1,263.30||$ 1,887.30||$ 2,472.90|
|Activity Fee||$ 210.00||$ 210.00||$ 210.00|
|Student Accident Insurance||$ 32.00||$ 32.00||$ 32.00|
|AOTA Membership||$ 150.00||$ 150.00||$ 150.00|
|SIMUCases||$ 89.00||$ 89.00||$ 89.00|
|Splinting Lab Packs||$ 15.00||$ 15.00||$ 15.00|
|Ropes Course||$ 40.00||$ 40.00||$ 40.00|
|Professional Liability Insurance||$ 30.00||$ 30.00||$ 30.00|
|NBCOT Exam||$ 25.00||$ 25.00||$ 25.00|
|NBCOT OTKE Test Fee||$ 50.00||$ 50.00||$ 50.00|
|Ground maintenance Fees||$ 75.00||$ 75.00||$ 75.00|
|BIO Lab Pack||$ 35.00||$ 35.00||$ 35.00|
|Graduation Fee||$ 75.00||$ 75.00||$ 75.00|
|First Year Matters||$ 30.00||$ 30.00||$ 30.00|
|Estimated Books||$ 2,057.00||$ 2,057.00||$ 2,057.00|
|$ 11,568.30||$ 15,888.30||$ 20,169.90|
|Additional costs may vary for these items, and range from $300-$1000. These items include fingerprinting, background check, CPR, and required immunizations|
TRADITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES include:
- Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health Facilities
- Rehabilitation Centers
- 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
For more information, please contact:
Kara Weisher, MS, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
John Krasnavage, OTA Faculty