Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited 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.

Students should be aware that a felony conviction can have a serious and negative impact on eligibility for certification and credentialing as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

ACOTE
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
301-652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

Hawkeye Community College Accreditation

National Certification Examination

Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licensure is usually based on the results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certification Examination.

2011-2012 2012-2013
Enrolled in Program 10 13
Program Graduates 7 12
Graduation Rate 70% 92%
Number of First-Time Test Takers 7 11
Percentage of First-Time Test Takers
Who Passed the Exam
100% 91%

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Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

Angela McHone
Health Education and Services Center 208B
319-296-2329 ext.1255
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Dean

Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
319-296-4432
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