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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Training Program

Two students use the Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE) machine to engage a client in therapeutic Range of Motion (ROM) exercises.
Program Description:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is a didactic and clinical program that trains qualified personnel in the delivery of occupational therapy services. Students learn to assist occupational therapists in gathering data, treatment planning and implementation within the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.

Occupational therapy assistants address the effects of physical and mental disabilities by using interventions designed to improve, enhance and promote health and wellness in daily tasks and occupations. This is a consolidated Army-Navy program that is divided into two training phases.
Accreditation Information:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at
METC is accredited by the Accreditation Council
for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite
200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's
Telephone number c/o AOTA is: (301) 652-AOTA
and web address is www.acoteonline.org

To view National Certification
Examination Program Data Results:

https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
Phase I didactic is 17 weeks long and is conducted within METC’s facilities, and Level II Fieldwork, also referred to as Phase I clinical for Navy personnel, is 16 weeks long and is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

During Phase I didactic, students are provided formal education and practical training that develops them into entry-level occupational therapy assistants within fixed and deployable medical facilities. Students learn the occupational therapy mission and scope of practice by instruction in physical and behavioral sciences; and the principles, concepts, and skills used to assist occupational therapists in treatment implementation.
Major areas of instruction include: fundamentals of practice, psychology, human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, client evaluation and assessment, clinical interventions, client conditions, clinical analysis and reasoning skills and level I fieldwork experience. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

Level II fieldwork training provides students with hands-on training in a MTF or civilian occupational therapy clinic. This phase requires the student to exercise judgment and responsibility in performing diagnostic and therapeutic patient procedures. Training consists of hands-on application of skills learned in Phase I didactic, and written and oral assignments, as well. Completion of Level II fieldwork prepares students for work in a variety of settings such as, in-patient hospitals, out-patient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric settings, and mental/behavioral health units, among others. Proficiency in clinical skill is determined by the program director, and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Special Information:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has an affiliation agreement with the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Once students have successfully completed all pre-requisite general education college coursework, phase I didactic, and level I and level II fieldwork experience, they are awarded an associate’s of applied science degree in occupational therapy from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Prospective students must complete the following pre-requisite general college coursework with a “C” or better: English composition I (3SH), English composition II (3SH), college algebra or higher (3SH), humanities (3SH), and a social science such as psychology or sociology (3SH).

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam and qualify for the designation, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
















Mission

To train the most knowledgeable, clinically proficient, and professionally sound occupational therapy assistants who are ready to support DOD mission success world-wide.


Vision

To maintain distinction as a nationally top-ranked occupational therapy assistant academic program.
Located in Fort Sam Houston, TX, this program is the sole Department of Defense sponsored OTA school for eligible enlisted Army, Army Reserve, and Navy students.

Three training iterations are delivered each year for up to 20 students per class through a comprehensive 17-week Phase I (didactic classroom-based training) and 16-week Phase II (fieldwork) curriculum.








Graduates are qualified to challenge the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and earn distinction as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).







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GRIP STRENGTH ASSESSMENT

GRIP STRENGTH ASSESSMENT
9 HOLE PEG TEST

9 HOLE PEG TEST
FIGURE OF 8 EDEMA ASSESSMENT

FIGURE OF 8 EDEMA ASSESSMENT
JEBSON TAYLOR HAND FUNCTION TEST

JEBSON TAYLOR HAND FUNCTION TEST
LATERAL PINCH STRENGTH ASSESSMENT

LATERAL PINCH STRENGTH ASSESSMENT
PURDUE PEG BOARD

PURDUE PEG BOARD
SEMMES WEINSTEIN SENSOR TEST

SEMMES WEINSTEIN SENSOR TEST
VOLUMETRIC EDEMA ASSESSMENT

VOLUMETRIC EDEMA ASSESSMENT

Program Accreditation Status:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) from academic year 2009/2010 to 2019/2020.
ACOTE Contact Information:

AOTA Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3425

Phone: 301-652-6611 x 2914
E-mail: www.acoteonline.org
The total number of graduates from the Medical Education and Training Campus
Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2012-2014
was 84 with an overall graduation rate of 85%.

Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination
Year Students Entering/
Graduating
Graduation
Rate
# First Time
Test Takers
# First Time
Test Takers
Who Passed
% Pass Rate
2012 26/26 100% 10 9 90%
2013 34/28 82% 16 16 100%
2014 39/30 77% 15 14 93%
Total 3 Year 99/84 85% 41 39 95%
 
Passing Candidates 1/1/2014 – 12/18/2014 14/15 93%


Graduates of the METC OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national examination for the occupational therapy assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the national examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain a state licensure.


To view National Certification Examination Program Data Results:
https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx






Contact

Address

METC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
3488 Garden Ave
Building 1364 Room 4-424
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Contacts

Phone (210) 808-5914