Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on helping people. The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities – or “occupations” – with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life (AOTA Practice Framework definition). OTAs must complete a 2-year associate’s degree and are licensed health care providers. Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on helping people of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives. For a more complete description of careers in occupational therapy, refer to the American Occupational Therapy Association website.

Contact Information

Kelly Brandon, M.S., LOTR
OTA Program Director

Michele Allison, LOTR
OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Morgan Brown, COTA
OTA Instructor