About JCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant program
Upon completion of the occupational therapy assistant program, the associate degree graduate will be educationally prepared to provide service to individuals having difficulties in living due to developmental deficits, physical injury and illness, psychological and social disabilities, and the aging process. The occupational therapy assistant works with and under the direction of a registered occupational therapist, and assists with the processes of client evaluation, goal setting, implementation of care, and documentation of occupational therapy services. The coursework includes a series of general education courses with an emphasis on the biological and psychological sciences. Professional studies focus on how human occupational development is affected by illness and injury, and how function can be facilitated.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program supports the mission of Jamestown Community College in its goal of contributing to the education, economic, and social fabric of the community. The program strives to provide students with the professionalism, clinical reasoning, and ethics to meet the occupational needs of the individuals that they treat, and to be strong representatives of the profession. Faculty will serve as a resource to area practitioners and assist in fostering lifelong learning and advancement of the occupational therapy field.
JCC’s OTA faculty recognize that learners come from diverse backgrounds with varying degrees of life experience that they bring to the classroom. JCC’s goal is to teach so that all learners have the opportunity to be successful.
A variety of teaching methods are utilized in the classroom to address various learning styles and to promote learning. These include, but are not limited to, group work, discussions, case studies, hands-on lab work, presentations, and clinical fieldwork experiences.
The focus of the program is on developing critical thinking skills and concept understanding so learners can easily take the knowledge they have gained and apply it in both personal and career endeavors. Courses are organized developmentally. Layering of concepts and material allows for increased complexity throughout the coursework.
JCC’s occupational therapy assistant program prepares the learner to:
recognize and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior skills;
Note: Technical (OTA) and professional (OT) occupational therapy programs are two distinct paths of study leading to complementary, but different practice roles. Any OTA student contemplating application to an OT program at another institution is subject to that institution’s individual requirements and articulation policies. Transfer options are available at JCC.
|Intended Program Outcomes|
The intended student outcomes for the OTA program are:
1. Students will be encouraged to take the NBCOT certification exam within one year of graduating.
2. Students will be adequately prepared for employment and continuing education options.
3. Graduates will express a high level of satisfaction with their academic program experiences.
|Intended Student Learning Outcomes|
After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
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