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    Lackawanna College’s OTA Program Receives Accreditation

    Occupational Therapy Assistant helping woman feed herself with a spoon in the Lackawanna College OTA lab

    SCRANTON, Pa. – Aug. 13, 2019 – Lackawanna College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) associate degree program has been granted a status of accreditation for seven years by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

    Lackawanna College has 18 students enrolled in the program with four students who are currently completing fieldwork assignments, which are the final portion of the OTA program. Each fieldwork experience is eight weeks long and is completed in two different practice settings, which helps prepare students to enter the profession as entry-level practitioners.

    The OTA program is enrolling now through the application deadline, which is January 29, 2020. Enrollment in the OTA program is limited to 20 students each year.

    “We are delighted that our program received initial accreditation for seven years,” said Melissa Parise, MS, OTR/L, Lackawanna College’s OTA Program Director. Parise added, “Upon passing the National Certification Exam, our students will be able to practice occupational therapy as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) in order to positively impact the health, well-being and quality of life of the members of our community.”

    In June, ACOTE completed a two-and-a-half day on-site visit to Lackawanna College’s main campus in Scranton. Upon review, the Council found the program to be compliant in all educational standards.

    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.

    To learn more about Lackawanna College’s OTA program, visit or email OTA Program Director, Melissa Parise at or OTA Program Fieldwork Coordinator, Carrie Griffiths at

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