South College - Asheville

South College - Asheville student

AAS Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy (OT) improves independence and quality of life for people of all ages. OT practitioners provide intervention in diverse areas including health care, education, and community based programming. Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) work in collaboration with, and under the supervision of, occupational therapists to serve individuals or groups who experience impairment or loss of ability to participate fully in meaningful occupations due to genetic or chronic conditions, illness, trauma, and psychosocial impairment. Occupational therapy assistants restore the individual’s ability to accomplish tasks they need, want, or expect to do through participation in goal-directed activities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 43 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Study in the program includes topics in biological science, social science, communications, and mathematics. These courses are prerequisites to core occupational therapy coursework. Students will have access and hands-on opportunities to utilize equipment and supplies reflective of current practice in the geographic location. Integrated into a didactic learning, Level I Fieldwork experiences will provide exposure and guided practice in clinical environments, schools, and community settings. Following successful completion of academic course work, Level II Fieldwork will provide a full-time learning experience under the supervision of an OT practitioner to develop necessary skills for entry level practice.

Locations offering this program:

140 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803

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