(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)
The primary goal of the occupational therapy assistant educational process is to produce competent and ethical occupational therapy assistant practitioners. In conjunction with Herzing University’s commitment to provide a learning environment that is caring, convenient, and career-focused, this program prepares the student for entry-level competence as an occupational therapy assistant. Students begin by learning principles of occupational therapy and perform activities that demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the material presented. Students are then given opportunities to apply this knowledge using human occupation and activity analysis. Students then move to the next level by getting opportunities to develop and present structured groups, write new programs, and develop adaptive, assistive equipment. Herzing University’s OTA Program uses developmental theory as the program progresses from birth to old age. Each Level I fieldwork observation is carefully chosen to complement the course-room lecture and the specific developmental level being studied. Following graduation, students must successfully pass a national certification examination and obtain licensure in their chosen state of practice.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Apply PEOP model within diverse occupational therapy settings.
- Utilize culturally appropriate materials and approaches in program development
- Facilitate adaptation, and mediate dysfunction for all age groups, disabilities, and occupational roles
- Demonstrate high quality occupational therapy services across traditional, community, and emerging practices
- Design assistive technologies and strategies for use in program planning and occupational care.
- Accurately document and communicate client needs through use of applicable technology.
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, occupational therapy assistant.
A minimum of 71.00 semester credit hours are required for graduation.