The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of a professional Occupational Therapist to promote and maintain the holistic health of individuals in the community. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of Occupational Therapy, for assessment to treatment termination. Therefore in order to work successfully with patients all applicants should possess the following technical standards:
- Sufficient visual acuity, such as observation necessary for administering patient care and reading equipment gauges and settings used in treatments.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication and to execute patient care through the use of monitoring devices.
- Sufficient strength and gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement patient care skill, such as manipulating equipment and positioning and lifting patients.
- Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with patient and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patients interest.
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to implement the plan of care.