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Regional College

East Liverpool
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology is offered at the Ashtabula and East Liverpool campuses. Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of an occupational therapist to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities. The ultimate goal is to improve clients' quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. With successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology (OCAT) and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The associate degree in the occupational therapy assistant program, Regional Campuses, reserves the right to initiate changes in the program as deemed necessary for maintaining quality education for the students.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy assistants held about 28,500 jobs in 2010. They worked in hospitals, nursing facilities, offices of other health practitioners, home health services, individual and family services and governmental agencies. Job prospects should be very good for occupational therapy assistants. Employment is expected to grow by about 43% between 2010 and 2020 as the demand for occupational therapy services rises.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the OCAT major is a selective process requiring the following: admission to the university; and, any prescribed developmental coursework; a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time in at least two different occupational therapy settings; high school or college courses in algebra and general biology; and a 2.70 GPA. Students interested in the program should apply directly to the Ashtabula or East Liverpool campus and meet with the program director. Applicants not admitted directly to the OCAT program will be admitted as pre-major students. Detailed information and requirements for admission may be obtained from the Kent State Ashtabula or East Liverpool campus program offices.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 69 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Utilize OT theory and techniques when providing appropriate occupation-based interventions to improve client outcomes with occupations, occupational role and ability to interact with the environment.

2. Demonstrate professional behaviors by providing OT services to diverse populations in a variety of settings.

3. Complete professional development activities which may include advocating for the profession and community service activities.

4. Select and perform occupation-based interventions appropriate for client-centered treatments utilizing critical thinking and clinical reasoning.

5. Pass the national certification exam.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)  4720 Montgomery Lane Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20844-3449. (301) 652-AOTA.

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