Student and Program Outcomes
The total number of graduates from the University of Southern Indiana Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 5-year period of 2012-2016 was 146 with an overall graduation rate of 97.33%.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
A graduate from an ACOTE-accredited associate-degree level occupational therapy assistant program must:
- Have acquired an educational foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, including a focus on issues related to diversity (AOTA, 2011).
- Be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service (AOTA, 2011).
- Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education (AOTA, 2011).
- Be prepared to articulate and apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation (AOTA, 2011).
- Be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings (AOTA, 2011).
- Be able to apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life (AOTA, 2011).
- Be prepared to be a lifelong learner and keep current with the best practice (AOTA, 2011).
- Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession (AOTA, 2011).
- Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
- Be prepared to effectively communicate and work interprofessionally with those who provide care for individuals and/or populations in order to clarify each member’s responsibility in executing components of an intervention plan.
- Be prepared to advocate as a professional for the occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services.