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US Air Force
AFSC: N/A

US Army
MOS: Occupational Therapy Specialist
Program Length: 1358 hours
Iterations per year: 3

US Navy
NEC: Occupational Therapy Assistant
Program Length: 1337 hours
Iterations per year: 3

School Code 083

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Description:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is an introduction to the delivery of occupational therapy care. Student learns to assist Occupational Therapists in data gathering, treatment planning and implementation within the theoretical framework of occupational behavior/performance.

They assist in providing health maintenance services to decrease effects of physical/mental disabilities and promote physical fitness/wellness of patients. The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. The OTA program is a consolidated program with two military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Occupational Therapy Specialists/Assistants within fixed and deployable medical facilities.

Students will learn the occupational therapy mission and scope of practice by training on the general knowledge of physical and behavioral sciences; a working knowledge of the principles, concepts, and skills utilized to assist the occupational therapist in the implementation of remedial health maintenance and prevention programs for psychiatric as well as physical disability patients. Major areas of instruction are: fundamentals of practice, psychology, human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, occupational therapy treatment medias, clinical reasoning, fieldwork experience 1 (level 1 observation) and fieldwork experience (level 2 practical 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.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF. The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the care of patients. Training consists of a continuation of written and oral assignments as well as application (hands-on) of skills learned in Phase I.
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
The specific nature of this program is to prepare Occupational Therapy Specialist/Assistant students to practice as entry-level Occupational Therapy Specialists/Assistants. Training will include, but is not limited to: hospital inpatient/outpatient occupational therapy treatments, assisting skilled nursing staff in an inpatient rehabilitation physical therapy facility setting, orthopedic/hand therapy, and mental/behavioral health rehabilitation settings while utilizing Occupational Therapy Department facilities at MTFs.

Proficiency advancement in clinical applications 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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FIGURE OF 8 EDEMA ASSESSMENT
JEBSON TAYLOR HAND FUNCTION TEST

JEBSON TAYLOR HAND FUNCTION TEST
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LATERAL PINCH STRENGTH ASSESSMENT
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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 2013-2015
was 93 with an overall graduation rate of 79%.

Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination
Graduation Year Students Entering/
Graduating
Graduation
Rate
2013 34/28 82%
2014 39/30 77%
2015 44/35 80%
Total 3 Year 117/93 79%


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.


Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found at:
https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


 

Address

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

Contacts

Phone (210) 808-5914