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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Learn about the classes and other requirements for the Occupational Therapist Assistant major in the Curriculum Guide.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) is designed to provide a quality educational experience that will train prospective professionals in the art and science of promoting and maintaining the holistic health and wellness of people, organizations, and populations through engagement in occupation. Graduates will be able to perform/engage as entry level professionals under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT).  Graduates will develop skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, thereby meeting the students' individual needs and the expressed health-care needs of the local and extended communities served by the Colleges. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy, from community-based programs to client-centered intervention. The program promotes the value and professional importance of life-long learning. 

A basic background in natural sciences, mathematics, communication, and behavioral sciences undergirds the specialized course work. Specialized course work prepares students for the certification examination they will take to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Employment may be in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care facilities, as well as within pediatric, community, or educational settings.

Statement Of Mission:

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at JCTC is to provide a quality educational and training experience that will teach students the entry level skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, thereby meeting the students' individual needs and the expressed health-care needs of the local and extended communities served by the College.  Graduates of JCTC's OTA Program will be caring, competent, and ethical professionals prepared to collaborate with OTRs in providing occupational therapy services; to participate in managing occupational therapy service; to direct activity programs; and to display values and attitudes that reflects the AOTA's professional standards and ethics.

AOTA Vision Statement:

We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, science-driven and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.

Contact Information:

Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.

Pam Smithy, MS, OTR/L
Program Coordinator
Phone:  502-213-2342
Office:  Health Sciences Hall, room 459

Lindsey Lawrence, BGS, COTA/L, ROH
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone:  502-213-2214
Office:  Health Sciences Hall, room 458

Mary Warford
Allied Health Secretary
Phone:  502-213-4296
Office: Health Sciences Hall - 4th floor

Phyllis Diedrich
Allied Health Master Advisor
Phone:  502-213-2277
Office: Jefferson Educational Center, room 606

Allied Health and Nursing Direct Line:  502-213-4050

Allied Health Advising Office:  502-213-2245

Allied Health Division Office:  502-213-4200 or 502-213-4296

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Fieldwork Educators:

If you are interested in becoming a Level I or Level II fieldwork educator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College please contact Lindsey Lawrence at 502-213-2342

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