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Students and the community alike will benefit from a newly accredited occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at Bryant & Stratton College’s Syracuse campus – the only one like it in the area.
“It is so exciting for central New York to finally have an accredited OTA program,” said John Patro, Jr., OTA program director at Bryant & Stratton College. “This is a much needed program.”
OTAs help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Considered one of the fastest growing careers, OTAs are ranked as the top healthcare support job in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Demand for OTAs is expected to grow 40% over the next decade, due in large part to an aging population. The median annual wage for OTAs is $54,520, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam now that the program has received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The inaugural class of students began their academic coursework in May 2015, at which time a new state-of-the-art lab was unveiled. The lab features training areas for specific occupational therapy activities and mimics clinical practice settings in order to best prepare students to enter the workforce.
This fall, these students will begin full-time clinicals and will be placed in area hospitals, rehab facilities, nursing homes and schools within the greater Central New York region. Additionally, Bryant & Stratton College has a fieldwork partnership with AccessCNY, a person-centered service that empowers individuals of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. Students will work with clients to participate in leisure activities, such as cooking and hiking, with a goal of supporting client participation in meaningful activities to enhance engagement in the community.
Enrollment for the fall 2016 term is now open and new students will benefit from Career LifePrep™ at Bryant & Stratton College, a unique set of experiences that helps prepare students at every step in their academic journey, both while in college and after graduation so that they may achieve not only a more fulfilling career, but a more fulfilling life.
Classes begin September 7. For more information or to enroll, visit www.bryantstratton.edu or call the Syracuse campus at 315-474-6603.
About Program Accreditation
The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.