Occupational Therapy Assistant
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224-5298
Degrees and Certificates
AAS - SFCC
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The Associate in Applied Science Degree will prepare students for positions in the health and rehabilitation profession as Occupational Therapy Assistants. Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the direction of Occupational Therapists and provide services to patients and assist them in carrying out activities and exercises developed from a treatment plan. Occupational Therapy Assistants work with individuals in need of rehabilitation who have mental, physical, emotional or developmental impairments. The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences required of an Occupational Therapy Assistant. This includes the knowledge and competencies required by any health care professional as well as specific skills, knowledge and experiences specific to rehabilitation services.
The OTA program incorporates a selective process for admission. This process uses a point system based on coursework and experience as outlined in the application. Please be aware that the completion of all prerequisites does not ensure admission to the program.
Completion of the online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application Booklet. Applications are accepted during the winter quarter preceding fall quarter entry into the program. See the booklet for specific due dates. Entry into the program is only one time a year, Fall quarter.
Appropriate placement scores in assessment tests for ENGL& 101 and Math.
Minimum 2.0 in BIOL& 241.
Documentation of paid or volunteer experience in a medical setting (40 hour minimum volunteer hours under supervision of OT or OTA, students graded to 100 hours).
Completion of 3 essay questions related to occupational therapy.
Professional Reference (mailed separately to Program Secretary's office).
If application is complete, student will be required to participate in a group interview/activity session prior to selection.
Upon acceptance, current immunizations and passing of physical examination, drug screening and Washington State Patrol and Federal criminal background check.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation from the occupational therapy assistant program, the student will be prepared to:
Sit and pass the NBCOT (National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy) exam.
Obtain a therapy license in the practicing state.
Perform occupational therapy in a variety of patient-care areas to include mental health, pediatrics, adult physical disabilities and aging, under the direction of an occupational therapist.
Obtain employment as an occupational therapy assistant or related health-care provider.
Demonstrate professional behaviors including dependability, cooperation, respect, effective communication and adherence to ethical behaviors as developed by AOTA.