Occupational Therapy Assistant, AS
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program leads to the Associate of Science (AS) degree. Upon successful completion of the program, its graduates 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)®.
The program features general education and science requirements as well as occupational therapy procedure and systems courses and Level I and II Fieldwork education component. During fieldwork courses students may be required to attend clinical sites outside the Topeka area. All students in this program are required to provide their own transportation to clinicals as well as clinical lab attire. Professional liability insurance is provided by Washburn University, however, some clinical sites may require malpractice insurance.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational Therapy assists people in developing the skills for the job of living and necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) assist the OTs to implement the treatment plans to help individuals to achieve independence.
Washburn University’s mission states that it: shall prepare qualified individuals for careers, further study and lifelong learning through excellence in teaching and scholarly work. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program will assist with meeting the mission through increasing healthcare services in our region. There is a need in the rural communities and local cities/communities for a more diverse set of allied health professionals, i.e. occupational therapy assistants, to provide well rounded service to the community.
Washburn University Assessment – Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program students will:
- PSLO 1: Be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service.
- PSLO 2: Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education.
- PSLO 3: Be prepared to articulate and apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
- PSLO 4: Be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.
- PSLO 5: Be able to apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.
- PSLO 6: Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
- PSLO 7: Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
- PSLO 8: Be prepared to effectively communicate and work interprofessionally with those who provide care for individuals and/or populations in order to clarify each member’s responsibility in executing components of an intervention plan.
The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
(301) 652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org.
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 individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; practice. Requirements for each states license may be found at each state’s individual licensing board. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or attain state licensure.
Note: Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Committee (OTAC)
The purpose of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Committee (OTAC), the program's student organization, is to provide an opportunity to promote and educate the community about Occupational Therapy Services. OTAC provides an avenue that enables professional growth, leadership, develops peer support and mentorship. OTAC members provide volunteerism and community service within the university and surrounding communities.
This program has special admission requirements. Interested students should contact the Allied Health Department for specific requirements.
|AL 161||Foundations of Occupational Therapy||2|
|AL 162||Occupational Therapy Interventions I||3|
|AL 163||Foundations of Occupational Therapy II||3|
|AL 164||Level I Occupational Therapy Fieldwork||1|
|AL 165||Occupational Therapy Assistants - Psychosocial Disorders||1|
|AL 166||Occupational Therapy Interventions II||3|
|AL 167||Foundations of Occupational Therapy III||3|
|AL 186||Cardiopulmonary Assessment||2|
|AL 252||Psychosocial Occupational Therapy||3|
|AL 253||Level I Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II||1|
|AL 254||Current Topics Occupational Therapy||2|
|AL 255||Level II Occupational Therapy Fieldwork||8|
|AL 257||Applied Neurophysiology - Occupational Therapy||3|
|AL 101||Foundations of Healthcare||3|
|AL 320||Human Disease||3|
|BI 230||Introduction to Human Physiology||3|
|BI 250||Introduction to Human Anatomy||3|
|PY 100||Basic Concepts in Psychology||3|
|SO 101||Social Problems||3|
See Table of Contents for University Requirements and General Education Requirements.