Ms. Ave Mitta, MS, OTR/L
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Radford University Carilion is to prepare within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent, and caring occupational therapy assistants who value lifelong learning, patient/client advocacy, and evidence-based practice as an instrument and testament of the profession.
To fulfill its mission, the OTA program strives to produce graduates who
- demonstrate adherence to the professions’ code of ethics as established by AOTA.
- demonstrate competency in the technical skills necessary to perform entry- level OTA intervention
- demonstrate interaction that reflects respect for others’ cultural backgrounds and behaviors.
- Articulate the importance of scholarly activities and demonstrate basic skills required in scholarly activities
- advocate for occupational therapy services and for clients who receive services.
- serve their communities and the profession.
- identify the benefits of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration.
The OTA Program will no longer accept applications for further admission into the program as of Monday, June 13th by 5:00 pm. The program is admitting its final cohort to begin fall, 2022.
Student educational experiences within the OTA program are guided by standards established by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and occupational therapy practice guidelines established by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The OTA program faculty is committed to providing students with a broad and challenging educational experience that prepares them for entry-level practice as Occupational Therapy Assistants.
The OTA program is a very intensive program that requires discipline, commitment, and personal responsibility in order to achieve academic success. All OTA students receive information regarding program expectations for appropriate personal presentation (dressing, grooming, and language/communication) and professional behavior. The OTA program asks each of its students to consider the impact of personal choices and decisions on peers, faculty, fieldwork contacts, the community at large, and future client-therapist relationships. Thoughtful consideration of others is the foundation of professional behavior.
Program Specific Competencies
Each OTA course has specific competencies that reflect the program curriculum design. Competencies are categorized in one of the following three skill areas:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, occupational therapy assistant students must be, with reasonable accommodations, physically and mentally capable of performing minimal standards to meet program objectives in all learning environments, i.e. classroom, laboratory, fieldwork, and community experiences. Any student who may require accommodations should schedule an appointment with the Title IX and Disability Services Counselor. The Minimum Performance Standards for admission and progression include:
- Attend and successfully pass all occupational therapy assistant, general education, and supporting courses, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
- Attend and successfully pass all Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences.
- Comprehend and use the English language, both verbally and in writing, in a way that is understandable and adheres to English rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph composition and that reflects an understanding of complex and technical information.
- Communicate by completing written assignments in standard organized English in a timely manner.
- Use professional terminology correctly and accurately interpret its meaning to others.
- Demonstrate clinically appropriate judgment, flexibility, problem solving, and reasoning skills to achieve the learning objectives and fulfill responsibilities of the academic program and fieldwork sites.
- Attend to, prioritize, and complete multiple task responsibilities in an effective, accurate, and timely manner.
- Apply effective and therapeutic teaching, dyadic, and group skills to complete the learning objectives and responsibilities of the academic program and the fieldwork sites.
- Demonstrate accurate, comprehensive documentation skills that adhere to agency, funding, and occupational therapy guidelines.
- Demonstrate sensorimotor skills, mobility, and general endurance necessary to effectively and safely complete the learning tasks, contribute to the occupational therapy evaluation process, and implement intervention techniques in the academic and fieldwork environments.
- Navigate to and around the learning environments associated with the academic and fieldwork components of the program.
- Demonstrate personal, consumer, and environmental safety precautions.
- Work independently and collaboratively to achieve the learning objectives and responsibilities of the academic program and fieldwork sites.
- Demonstrate effective and adequate coping skills regarding the learning processes, fieldwork experiences, supervisory relations, interpersonal interactions, and professional and personal responsibilities associated with an intensive educational program, in a timely and professional manner.
- Abide by the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and policies and procedures of the College, the Program, and previously stated learning environments.
- Respect and demonstrate sensitivity to the contributions and cultural diversity of peers, faculty, supervisors, other professionals, clients, their significant others, and the public.
- Participate appropriately and effectively in the assessment and direction of one’s own learning processes and needs.
- Modify one’s own behavior/performance in response to feedback from instructors, fieldwork educators, and peers to achieve the learning objectives and the responsibilities of the program and fieldwork sites.
Fieldwork and Working Conditions
- Exposure to contagious diseases, body fluids, and cleaning materials.
- Patient/client care environments, office environments, and patients’/clients’ homes.
- Out-of-doors in all weather conditions as required to complete learning objectives and activities.
To graduate from the Radford University Carilion OTA Program, the student must successfully complete the following
- All OTA Program, Department of Occupational Therapy, and Radford University graduation requirements.
- Community Service Volunteer experiences – one per academic year
- Continuing Education experiences – one per academic year
- Competency math test – one final examination – a pre-examination will be administered during the first semester of the program to determine need for remediation
- All Level II Fieldwork documentation and forms required by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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