Lackawanna College holds open house and ribbon cutting celebration for new OTA program

Lackawanna College held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program that will launch in January 2018. Funding to help establish the OTA program was secured through grants obtained from Lackawanna County, the Appalachian Regional Commission through the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, and the Moses Taylor Foundation. Ribbon-cutting participants included Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, OTA Program Director Molly Mika, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, President and CEO of Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance Jeffrey Box, and Moses Taylor Foundation Program Officer Jeff Smith.

“Lackawanna College is proud to continue our long history of providing high-quality programs that prepare graduates for immediate employment in high-growth industries,” said Dr. Erica Barone Pricci Vice President of Academic Affairs / Chief Academic Officer.

 

Lackawanna College developed the OTA program in response to industry requests and a critical regional OTA shortage. It is exclusively offered at the Scranton campus and is the only program currently listed with a development status in Pennsylvania. Candidacy Status allows Lackawanna College to admit students into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for its inaugural class beginning in January 2018 and allows the program to advance to the Preaccreditation Review step of the accreditation process.

 

The OTA program prepares students to become generalist occupational therapy assistants. Upon completing the program, future Occupational Therapy Assistants will be equipped with entry-level skills allowing them to work with the supervision of Occupational Therapists in a variety of settings, with a diversity of people, populations, and communities. Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners help individuals with disabilities of all kinds, perform important “occupations” and daily activities so they might live their lives to the fullest.

 

The OTA Program is awaiting a preaccreditation review and on-site evaluation, to be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

 

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting advocacy, education, and research on behalf it its members and the public. AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors. ACOTE currently accredits 407 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.

 

Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With its main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda.

 

For more information, please visit www.lackawanna.edu/OTA.

(inforamtion from Heather L. Chulick )


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