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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

Program Director
Faculty since 2014
LCDR Lynda Amell

Navy Lead/Instructor
Faculty since 2016
SFC Merrie Santana

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

Instructor Assistant
Faculty since 2016
SFC Alexander Hanson

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

Clinical Manager
Faculty since 2014
Irena "Nina" Thomas

Faculty since 2016

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