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165 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (67.5-74.5 CREDITS; CODE 3176) To qualify, students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program. Division: Allied Health Program Director: Marla Pomeranz The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares students to use therapeutic modalities and procedures under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist. The OTA provides rehabilitative services to people with physical, psycho- social and developmental impairments as well as helps people of all ages regain independence and participate in daily activities. Occupational therapy assistants blend science, creativity, and compassion to help their clients develop skills and strategies to participate fully in meaningful life activities. Occupational therapy assistants are skilled health care workers who provide direct patient care under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT). Work locations include but are not limited to rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, graduates are certified as occupational therapy assistants and are eligible to apply for state licensure. Program Notes: Students must obtain a C or better in all courses required within the program. Students with other related health care experiences not listed on the following program preparatory options may request an evaluation for course competency equivalence for work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the Gateway Health Core Curriculum Coordinator. Admission Criteria: 1. Formal application for admission to the program. 2. Completion of 20 observation hours, 10 in pediatrics and 10 with adults. Completion of observation hour form filled out and signed by supervisor and turned in with program application. 3. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students comply with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy. 4. All clinical health and safety requirements must be met prior to program admission. 5. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes will result in cancellation of enrollment. 6. Current American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR Certificate. 7. There are limited spaces available in the OTA program. Only students who have completed all the program prerequisites listed here may have their name added to the queue of those waiting for an available space in a cohort. Program Prerequisites: 19-24 + BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 + BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 + CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent by Assessment on Placement Test 0-3 COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) OR COM230 Small Group Communication (3) 3 Certificate & Degree Programs 2021-2022

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