Occupational Therapy Assistant (Consortium Program)This program is available at the Start here, finish there location.
As a member of the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium Clark State is able to bring an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant to Clark State students. The consortium allows Clark State students to complete their general education and basic classes through Clark State at one of its campuses or online. Students are also enrolled at Rhodes State. Technical courses are taught by Rhodes State faculty through distance learning on the Clark State campus. Students will need to travel to the Rhodes State campus in Lima for skills lab instruction and hands-on practice approximately once a week. Clinical learning experiences will be scheduled in regional healthcare facilities. A very important aspect of the Occupational Therapy Assistant consortium program is that these clinical seats are reserved for qualified Clark State students living in Clark State's service area.
The technical courses in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program start each year in summer semester (May). Seats for the program are filled with qualified applicants. Clark State applicants for this program must apply to Rhodes State online. Students should indicate they are applying to the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium and that they are from Clark State by checking the appropriate boxes at the top of the application. Seats are limited so students are encouraged to submit documentation of meeting qualification requirements to Rhodes State in a timely manner.
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work with individuals of any age to develop, recover or maintain the skills needed to participate in occupation (everyday activities) with meaning, satisfaction and productivity. Under the supervision of an occupational therapist, an assistant will develop and provide therapeutic activities and strategies that will help their clients gain the cognitive, physical, emotional and/or developmental skills necessary for everyday life. They may also provide adaptive equipment or techniques necessary to carry out life tasks, provide education and consultation to individuals, families and society, and address prevention. The OTA will work with the health care team which may include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, and speech and language pathologists, in a variety of settings including: hospitals, school systems, community mental health centers, nursing homes, home health agencies and private practice.
All applicants accepted into The Allied Health Consortium must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to meet the standards. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. The Rhodes State Allied Health Department's technical standards are linked here and available on their web site.
Notice to Prospective or Current Occupational Therapy Assistant Students
Students who have been convicted of certain felonies and/or misdemeanor offenses are not eligible to participate in clinical education experiences. A criminal conviction may also affect ability to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant or attain state licensure. Students admitted to a program containing off campus clinical/practicum experiences will be required to submit to drug screening.