Occupational Therapy Assistant


Occupational Therapy

Young or old, we all have a job to do – the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the “occupations” of life.

Often disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent. Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest.

Choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant will help you make a difference! You can improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.

The Owens Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program provides active classroom instruction and extensive field experience in the practice of occupational therapy with individuals and populations across the life span within various service delivery models. Coursework offers students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for employment as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant in a variety of institutional and community-based settings. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant carries out a treatment program to facilitate maximum life satisfaction and independent functioning for people of all ages.

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Contact Us

Administration Location Phone Email
Barbara Seguine, Chair Health Technologies 525 (567) 661-7415 barbara_seguine@owens.edu
Catherine Ford, Dean Health Technologies 121B (567) 661-7398 catherine_ford@owens.edu
Faculty Location Phone Email
Cheryl Paeth, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Health Technologies 527 (567) 661-2060 mailto:cheryl_paeth@owens.edu

 

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Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for a period of 10 years from academic year 2014/15 to 2024/2025, located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-2682 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program will be able 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).  

State Licensures
The states where a student intends to practice or apply for employment may require licensure, certification, or other mandates.  The student should contact the relevant agency to obtain the necessary information for application.  Each state differs in procedure; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination (or pending results).  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.  For more information about the Ohio OT licensure, visit www.state.oh.us/pyt.