Mission and OTA Program Accreditation Status
The mission of the OTA program is to prepare students with the technical knowledge and professional skills required by current and emerging local, state and national occupational therapy work settings. The program subscribes to high educational standards to facilitate the development of creative problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, and the pursuit of lifelong learning to prepare students with skills to respond to ever-changing environments and demands in healthcare. The faculty seeks to foster the growth of compassionate, ethical, and collaborative practitioners who identify the need and value to contribute to the profession and community.
This program is consistent with the mission of South College. It is a career-focused curriculum designed to cultivate students’ successful learning and the ability to apply knowledge, think critically, and communicate effectively in diverse employment settings.
Asheville Campus OTA Program Accreditation Status
The OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA (www.acoteonline.org). Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT. (www.nbcot.org). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most 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 licensure. The web address is www.acoteonline.org