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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

The specific nature of this program is to prepare active duty enlisted military graduates to practice as an entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) under the direction of an Occupational Therapist (OT).  Additionally, this program prepares each graduate to take the national certification examination and become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  The program includes classroom instruction, practical exercises, research projects, training in labs, and clinical experiences.  Graduates are prepared to deliver these services in a variety of patient treatment settings to include hospital inpatient/outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, orthopedic/hand therapy clinics, pediatric clinics, school systems, and mental/behavioral health treatment or rehabilitation settings.  In coordination with the OT and the entire medical team, these graduates will be prepared to provide Occupational Therapy services to patients with a wide range of conditions/diagnoses, in a variety of settings crossing the full spectrum of age.

This program is open only to members of the military services and must be pre-screened for selection by  their service, the military Program Director and the UIW Academic Advisor.


Occupational Therapy Assistant Faculty

LTC Lori Fike
MS, OTR/L, CHT

Program Director
Faculty since 2014
LCDR Lynda Amell
MA, OTR/L

Navy Lead/Instructor
Faculty since 2016
SFC Merrie Santana
BS, COTA/L

Senior Enlisted Instructor
Faculty since 2016
SFC Stacyann Walters ASHS, COTA/L
Instructor Assistant
Faculty since 2016
HM2 Derrick Charles BS, COTA/L
Instructor
Faculty since 2016
SSG Clayton Ovel
AA, COTA/L

Instructor Assistant
Faculty since 2016
SFC Alexander Hanson
COTA

Instructor Candidate
Faculty since 2017
Peggy Westerbeck
M.Ed., OTR

Clinical Manager
Faculty since 2014
Irena "Nina" Thomas
BS, COTA/L

Instructor
Faculty since 2016

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