The American Occupational Therapy Association (www.aota.org) defines occupational therapy as the "skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the 'skills for the job of living' necessary for independent and satisfying lives."
Imagine yourself: Making a difference by improving the people's lives; Working in a variety of settings; working with a variety of people, young and old, who may have difficulty doing everyday tasks or being as active and as independent as they'd like; practicing your profession as a member of a health-care team; using your talents of creativity, communications and problem solving to help people achieve their goals; and using your interest in health, science and the arts to benefit yourself, your family,and your community.
Western New Mexico University offers a two year program leading to an Associate of Science Degree, with an Occupational Therapy Assistant major. Graduates of the program can be found in many different work settings and in many different roles; school based clinicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health providers, community based practitioners, service delivery management, case management, outpatient clinics, early intervention specialists, senior center coordinator, just to mention a few.
The program is fully accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (www.aota.org). Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Certification exam for Occupational Therapy Assistants, which is administered by The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), www.nbcot.org. Certification is conferred upon successful completion of the NBCOT exam. Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT exam.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at WNMU is a limited enrollment program. All students interested in applying for admission should also apply to WNMU.
OUR STUDENT SUCCESS RATES
Compare OTA graduates’ performance for all OTA programs here: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
WNMU OTA student graduation rates
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