Delta Region MS

CAREER TYPE

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) help patients recovering from debilitating injuries and illnesses develop and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are involved in direct patient care under the direction of an Occupational Therapist. Activities range from teaching the proper method of moving from a bed into a wheelchair to teaching energy conservation and joint protection techniques. Occupational therapy assistants primarily work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

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Salary Range Potential: $55,000.00

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TRAINING CENTER PROGRAMS

Occupational Therapy Assistant-Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum is a two-year-program of study that prepares an individual to work as a co-participant in the entire occupational therapy process, at the discretion of the supervising licensed occupational therapist. The occupational therapy assistant provides intervention pertinent to creating and promoting healthy life-styles, restoring or habilitating a skill or ability, maintaining current level of function, modifying an activity to ensure success and addressing disability prevention. Graduates of this program may apply to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant which is administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Students accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must complete all OTA courses at Holmes Community College. Only academic credit earned at another regionally-accredited institution will be accepted by Holmes Community College toward graduation from the OTA program. The OTA application process opens annually on the first day of December and closes on the first day of March for the class that begins the following August.

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Pre-requisites required:
Step 1—If you are not currently enrolled as a Holmes student (this semester), click on “Enroll Now” at www.holmescc.edu to complete a Holmes Community College online Admissions Application for fall, choosing General College Studies as your major. After applying to the college, you must return to “Enroll Now” and complete the orientation. Please note that successful completion of Step 1 denotes acceptance to the college, not acceptance of application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Step 2—After you have been accepted to the college and know that your ACT score on file with Holmes meets the minimum requirement for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program* (See OTA program admission requirements in the online bulletin/catalog available via “Quick Links.”), click on the college portal, “My Holmes,” at www.holmescc.edu and log in. Navigate to the “Academics/Career-Technical” icon at the top of the page and then go to the “Health-Related Applications” on the lower left-hand side of the page to access the OTA application. Using your My Holmes username and password, read and submit the application. You will receive a confirmation page verifying application was successful or that you are missing information. *Official verification of minimum composite ACT score(s) of 16 if taken on or after October 1989 (or 12 if taken before October 1989) must be on file with Holmes prior to submission of the OTA application (by March 1). Please note that your OTA application will not submit successfully unless official verification is on file with Holmes that you meet the minimum ACT requirement, regardless of your age.

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Summary of Program Requirements
Step 1—If you are not currently enrolled as a Holmes student (this semester), click on “Enroll Now” at www.holmescc.edu to complete a Holmes Community College online Admissions Application for fall, choosing General College Studies as your major. After applying to the college, you must return to “Enroll Now” and complete the orientation. Please note that successful completion of Step 1 denotes acceptance to the college, not acceptance of application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Step 2—After you have been accepted to the college and know that your ACT score on file with Holmes meets the minimum requirement for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program* (See OTA program admission requirements in the online bulletin/catalog available via “Quick Links.”), click on the college portal, “My Holmes,” at www.holmescc.edu and log in. Navigate to the “Academics/Career-Technical” icon at the top of the page and then go to the “Health-Related Applications” on the lower left-hand side of the page to access the OTA application. Using your My Holmes username and password, read and submit the application. You will receive a confirmation page verifying application was successful or that you are missing information. *Official verification of minimum composite ACT score(s) of 16 if taken on or after October 1989 (or 12 if taken before October 1989) must be on file with Holmes prior to submission of the OTA application (by March 1). Please note that your OTA application will not submit successfully unless official verification is on file with Holmes that you meet the minimum ACT requirement, regardless of your age.

Skills Needed
Active Listening Speaking Reading Comprehension Writing Social Perceptiveness Time Management Service Orientation Monitoring Judgment and Decision Making Critical Thinking Coordination Instructing Active Learning Complex Problem Solving Persuasion Systems Analysis Learning Strategies Negotiation Management of Personnel Resources Operation Monitoring Systems Evaluation
Holmes Community College


Contact
Reagan Dilmore
601-605-3345
rdilmore@holmescc.edu.



 
Occupational Therapy Assistant-Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant is a two-year (five-semester) program. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to take the national credentialing exam to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. The program offers one class per year beginning each fall.

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Length of Program
2 years

Summary of Program Requirements
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Skills Needed
Active Listening Speaking Reading Comprehension Writing Social Perceptiveness Time Management Service Orientation Monitoring Judgment and Decision Making Critical Thinking Coordination Instructing Active Learning Complex Problem Solving Persuasion Systems Analysis Learning Strategies Negotiation Management of Personnel Resources Operation Monitoring Systems Evaluation
Itawamba Community College
Tupelo Campus Belden Center

Contact
Lori Little
662.620.5239
lalittle@iccms.edu