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.