Occupational Therapy Assistant
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is new to Hawkeye and has recently been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). As a result of this action, Hawkeye Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant students may now sit for the National Board.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program prepares students with entry-level skills and knowledge to provide treatments that improve consumers' ability to achieve independence in everyday activities and to enjoy life to its fullest. Students will learn how to provide occupational therapy interventions for clients with various impairments and monitor their progress while following an occupational therapy plan of care. They will also learn to effectively educate and communicate with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.
Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist. Duties may include instructing patients in performance of activities of daily living, teaching clients to use adaptive equipment or modifying tasks to increase successful participation in meaningful occupations, and educating consumers in health and wellness.
Due to the nature of the work environment and the physical exertion often required to assist patients, you will need to have a moderate degree of strength. For example, you will need to be able to lift patients, kneel, stoop, and stand for long periods of time.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Hawkeye Community College has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Graduates will 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).
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American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
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