Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant
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People with developmental, physical, emotional and cognitive impairments depend on the therapy services provided by the certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA), therapy that helps improve function in daily living skills and quality of life. At Parkland, you’ll gain laboratory and clinical experience in providing treatment to restore function; modify environments, tools and methods to access daily activities; provide prevention programs to reduce deterioration and/or re-injury, and conduct lifestyle redesign. Take advantage of our program faculty’s extensive teaching and clinical experience; the strong community partnerships that support service learning and fieldwork education; and state-of-the-art laboratory/clinical space at Parkland College on Mattis.

Where you’ll go:
Under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist (OTR), you will work with children and adults in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, adult day care centers, mental health centers, community-based programs and home health services. Additional experience and education may present you with opportunities to work as an assistive technology specialist, low vision specialist, driver rehabilitation specialist, or registered occupational therapist.

Licensure and Certification

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