OTA Program Outcomes
Course sequences evolve from introductory material to higher levels of content requiring critical thinking and problem solving capability on the part of the student. Progression through the program requires that students incorporate aspects from all courses in the format of an integrated lab. The integrated lab will be used as an assessment of student knowledge progression.
Upon successful of the OTA program the OTA graduate will:
- Have acquired an educational foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and be educated as a generalist OTA practitioner (ACOTE, 2018).
- 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).
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize in-depth knowledge in a practice area through the development and completion of a baccalaureate project in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, administration, leadership, advocacy, and/or education (ACOTE, 2018).
- Demonstrate clinical competence as an entry-level practitioner by successful completion of fieldwork practicums (AOTA, 2002).
- Demonstrate understanding of the basic tenets of occupational therapy and fundamentals of practice.