What is program evaluation and why is it important?

All occupational therapy programs must evaluate how successful their programs are. This is called program evaluation. It is the responsibility of the Jamestown Community College occupational therapy assistant program to communicate these findings to the public. The public may include interested students and their families, consumers, accrediting bodies, potential employers, and the community at large,

Program evaluation allows faculty to objectively measure their strengths and weaknesses to improve the program. This information can also be used by the public before applying to the program, hiring our graduates, or investing resources. Evaluating a program is important to make good decisions. Would you invest in a car that has a poor rating? No! Being a smart consumer is important!

What are the evaluation measures used by the occupational therapy assistant program faculty?

There are numerous measures that the program uses. On this site you will find:

Persistence to graduation from the OTA program: This data indicates how many graduates completed the OTA program in a maximum of 3 years (150% of normal graduation rate).

Persistence to graduation from the college: This indicates those students that left the OTA program for various reasons (i.e., life event, poor grades, chose an alternate career path) but still graduated from JCC or transferred to another college.

Attrition data: This is the total number of students who did not persevere to complete the OTA program, or another degree at the college. This is an important number, and speaks to the program and the college's ability to help students realize their career ambition. Not all people who enroll in OTA make the right career choice. When that happens, faculty and staff are there to guide students to help them find career paths that work for them.

NBCOT examination results: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is charged with developing national examinations for students to take following their graduation from either OTA or OTR programs. This examination is a bar that indicates that students who pass have the skills and abilities to be hired as entry-level practitioners. These results are correlated to the quality of education that students receive. A high passage rate is one sign of a good program! Like anything, pass rates fluctuate for a variety of reasons such as test anxiety and learning disabilities. The data on this page provides information on students who took the NBCOT exam and passed within 12 months of graduating from our program.

Employer satisfaction: Evaluating how employers feel about our student’s skills and abilities is important. It is important that the students who are hired in local area meet the needs of the employers. The level of employer satisfaction is another quality measure of the program’s ability to develop qualified occupational therapy assistants.

Graduate job placement: Following graduation, the program tracks students to see how many successfully get jobs. Data is collected via survey and by talking directly with previous students. This is valuable data to evaluate. Being marketable is important.

If you have questions about any of the data found on the site please feel free to call or e-mail the OTA department faculty.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Attrition Report: Three Year Graduation, Persistence, and Attrition Rates for OTA Students

  Starting cohort: students taking OTA 1510 Graduates within 150% of normal time:
Earned degree in OTA
Graduates within 150% of normal time:
Graduated from other JCC program
Persisters still enrolled at JCC:
Still enrolled in OTA
Persisters still enrolled at JCC:
Enrolled in other JCC program
Transferred to another college within 150% of normal time Attrition
Number of students in fall 2012 cohort 23 18 3 0 0 2 0
Status as of fall 2015   78.3% 13.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.7% 0.0%
Number of students in fall 2013 cohort 27 22 1 0 0 1 3
Status of fall 2016   81.5% 3.7% 0.0% 0.0% 3.7% 11.1%
Number of students in fall 2014 cohort 27 21 1 0 1 1 3
Status of fall 2017   77.8% 3.7% 0.0% 3.7% 3.7% 11.1%

*Registrations in OTA 1510 as of SUNY Census. Graduates within 150% of normal time include August graduates. (Ex: The Fall 2013 starting cohort looks at degrees awarded between December 2013 and August 2016.) Transfer data come from the National Student Clearinghouse and are for associate degree-seeking students only. The National Student Clearinghouse covers over 92% of the nation's IPEDs enrollment counts (approximately 3300 colleges and universities). Students and schools might block data from being retrieved.
Note: Graduation, persistence, and attrition data may seem to vary significantly from year to year because the starting cohorts are small.

Graduation Rates and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Outcome Data

Year Number of students admitted/number of program graduates Graduation rate Number of test takers who sat for the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation Number of test takers who passed the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation Percentage of test takers who passed the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation
2014 23/17 74% 11 11 100%
2015 27/23 85% 23 21 91%
2016 27/21 78% 20 18 90%
2017 32/29 91% 27 24 89%
Total 109/90 83% 81 74 91%

For comparison of JCC's OTA program to other schools, go to https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Job Placement and Satisfaction Outcome Data*

  2014 graduates 2015 graduates 2016 graduates 2017 graduates
Student satisfaction with overall preparedness for entry-level practice
Extremely satisfied 36% 69% 33% 43%
Satisfied 64% 31% 58% 57%
Somewhat dissatisfied 0% 0% 8% 0%
Student job placement
In field 43% 63% 58% 38%
Using OTA skill sets 29% 19% 8% 29%
Continuing education 14% 0% 8% 19%
In unrelated field 14% 13% 8% 14%
Unknown 17% 5% 17% 24%
Employer satisfaction with overall performance
Extremely satisfied 100% 40% 75% 80%
Satisfied 0% 60% 25% 20%
Somewhat dissatisfied 0% 0% 0% 0%

*Data is representative of all graduates and employers who responded to our surveys.

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