Lackawanna College to hold open house and ribbon cutting celebration for new OTA program
SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College will hold an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program that will launch in January 2018. The ribbon cutting will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. and open house will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Lackawanna College Scranton campus on the ground floor of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street. The new OTA program will provide students with hands-on training that will help develop their skills in this fast-growing field.
“Our OTA program was developed in response to industry requests and a critical regional OTA shortage. 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.
The OTA program at Lackawanna College is the only program currently listed with a development status in Pennsylvania. The OTA program is exclusively offered at the Scranton campus. 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 in becoming 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). 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.
Ribbon cutting participants will include local dignitaries, representatives from Lackawanna College’s senior leadership, and program staff. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.
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.
To Contact ACOTE:
ACOTE c/o AOTA,
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 301-652-2682