The Program is responsive to the needs of the community and its students and was created to fulfill a need for occupational therapy services in aging, rehabilitation medicine, mental health and developmental conditions. The curriculum is designed to strengthen and improve occupational therapy services in health agencies and community settings by preparing students to work as a member of a team with the occupational therapist and other professionals. The program prepares graduates for eligibility for certification (by examination) by the National Board for Certification In Occupational Therapy and (by application) by the New York State Department of Education.
Students learn to differentiate between the professional and technical levels in occupational therapy. The program promotes pride in the role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant.
The program admits students from varied cultural and academic backgrounds and provides referrals to support services that bolster student success. The academic (exclusive of fieldwork) curriculum is offered both day and extended day to meet the differing needs of students such as those who have just graduated from high school, those who have discovered occupational therapy after other life experiences, and those currently working in the field who wish to prepare for a career mobility without discontinuing employment.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, in partnership with health care organizations throughout the New York metropolitan area, prepares the student through extended fieldwork experience in occupational therapy settings. Fieldwork is integrated with clinical application through classroom preparation and fieldwork seminars.
In keeping with the college mission the program enhances student learning through the use of creative technological approaches. Students apply their learning to meet the needs of local clients and the global market. The faculty includes dedicated and highly qualified occupational therapy practitioners whose innovative professional development activities and skills introduce students to a
wide range of potential areas of practice.