Lackawanna College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Granted Candidacy Status from ACOTE
SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
“We are thrilled that Lackawanna College can embark on this initiative that will impact our community in so many ways. The OTA program will address the critical need our health care providers have for occupational therapist assistants while providing an educational opportunity for students interested in the field,” said Dr. Erica Barone Pricci, Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer. “Both future employers and interested students have been asking for this program for a long time, and we are delighted to be able to respond!”
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.
Launching in January 2018, the OTA program prepares students in becoming generalist occupational therapy assistants. Upon completing the program, future Occupational Therapy practitioners 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.
The program looks to accept twenty highly qualified students each spring term who will then graduate two years later with an associate degree in occupational therapy and the ability to provide high quality healthcare services to individuals whose conditions interfere with their ability to live a meaningful, productive life.
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
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