Occupational Therapy Information Session

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Occupational Therapy
Assistant Program
Information Session
An applicant prerequisite to the
OTA program
Welcome to the World of
Occupational Therapy at KVCC
Diane Sauter-Davis
MA, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
Julie Larouche
MS, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork
Coordinator
at KVCC
Please review the presentation
 When
you are through
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Complete mini quiz
 Sign and date
 Submit to [email protected]
 Your OTA Information Session
requirement will be fulfilled after all
above details are completed.
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QUESTIONS ??
QUERIES???
Write down any QUESTIONS and/or CONCERNS you might have
and send them to :
[email protected] within 1 week of completing this session.
Diane will typically answer you with 24 hours.
CONCERNS ?
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
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OTA Curriculum
 Applying credits to
 Program Requirements
OT Programs in ME
and workload
 Licensure
 Fieldwork
 Certification
 Felony Conviction
 Career Opportunities
 Immunizations
 Salary
 Background Checks &
Fingerprinting
 Program
 FW I and II Travel
Accreditation
 OT/OTA education,
roles and supervision
The OTA Program at KVCC is a
BIG dog.
Big Dog is the analogy we use
for the size and scope of the
OTA program.
 One
needs to be committed to a Big dog:
 An OTA student needs to be committed to
learning in the OTA program.
 One needs to train a big dog:
An OTA student needs to have discipline
and focus on the goal.
 One
needs to have a sense of humor to
enjoy a Big dog. Things don’t always go
as planned:
An OTA student needs to keep their sense
of humor and be flexible. No one gets it right
all of the time. There is no “one way” in OT.
One needs to understand the personality,
power and limitations of a Big dog:
Each student needs to:
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Understand how they learn and what
they need to learn.
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Know their limits and strengths.
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Initiate their own learning.
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Be a critical thinker. Ask questions,
prioritize the information, assignments and
activities.
Are you ready to meet the
demands of a BIG dog?
 Do
you have a system in place?
 Are you ready to learn? Do you know your
learning needs?
 Are you organized?
 Do you have reliable transportation?
 Have you taken inventory of what
responsibilities you must meet in your
personal life and student life?
 Do you have layers of childcare?
 Is your support network strong?
OTA Curriculum
Year 1, Semester 1
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*OTS101 Introduction to
Occupational Therapy &
Human Occupation (7 credits)
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Open OTA lab
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BIO213 Anatomy and
Physiology (4 credits)
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ENG101College Composition
(3 credits)
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PSY101 Introduction to
Psychology (3 credits)
Year 1, Semester 2
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*OTS102 Occupational
Therapy across the Lifespan I
(5 credits)
*OTS103 Functional
Kinesiology
(3 credits)
*OTS104 Interpersonal Skills
for the Practicing Allied Health
Professional
(1 credit)
BIO214 Anatomy and
Physiology
(4 credits)
PSY215 Developmental
Psychology
(3 credits)
Summer session
(5 weeks of fun and learning)
 *OTS105 OTA Fieldwork Education (FW) I
(2 credits)
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FWI consists of three separate and varied experiences.
Each Level I FW is a one week, full time, 40 hour
commitment.
*OTS 107 Technology and Occupational
Therapy Practice (1 credit)
*OTS109 Group Process Lab (1 credit)
OTS107 and 109 are 40 hour/week, in class,
commitments.
COM 104 Introduction to Communication (3 credits)
Year 2, Semester 1
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OTS201 Practice Environments Seminar
(2 credits)
 OTS 203 Occupational Therapy across the Lifespan II
(10 credits)
 Soc101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
 Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Year 2, Semester 2
**All academic class work MUST be
completed prior to FWII.
OTS206 Level II Fieldwork-A (6 credits)
(8 weeks—full time engagement –off campus;
facility based education)
OTS208 Level II Fieldwork-B (6 credits)
(8 weeks—full time engagement –off campus;
facility based education)
Each student will complete 5 unique FW experiences while
in the OTA Program. No portion of FW II can be
completed in FW I.
 After
you successfully complete all 70
credits in the OTA program its time for--GRADUATION!!!!!
 Students
must receive a C or better in
all Program of Study courses (general
education and core) to continue in the
Occupational Therapy Assistant
program
Program Requirements
 Costs: You must have health insurance while
in the OTA program. You may decline the
KVCC insurance and use your own or accept the
health insurance provided by KVCC.
 All OTA students must also have professional
liability insurance. This insurance is provided by
KVCC. Both health insurance and professional
liability insurance are student costs. They will be
included in the OTA student cost sheet. The
KVCC business office can explain this process
for you.
Costs continued …
 OTA
students are also responsible for
books and clinical/course lab fees.
The OTA faculty make every attempt to
choose books which will be used over and
over again throughout the program. OTA
books are designed to be used as learning
resources throughout your academic work
and as resource texts on FW and in entry
level practice.
 Do not plan on selling your OTA books.
Costs continued…
 Fees
are associated with several OTA
courses, labs and Fieldwork. You will see
these fees on your program cost sheet.
These fees cover expendable and non
expendable class and lab
supplies/activities and support
clinical/fieldwork pre and post preparation
activities.
Full vs. Part Time Options
The OTA program is designed to be a 2 year, F/T program.
We do, however, have part time options available.
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Students may choose
to complete general
education electives
and A&P I and II prior
to beginning the OTA
program.
F/T vs. P/T
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OTA program is a traditional program.
It is held during the day typically between
the hours of 8 A.M. and 5 P.M.
 General education electives are available
online and may be taken online;
 OTA core courses are held on campus.
There may be Blackboard enhancement in
some courses so technology basics and
web access are essential. You must
have fluent basic computer skills.
Workload
 The
OTA Program is a BIG dog workload.
Please be prepared to spend 4-5 hours
daily in reading, preparation, organization
and general study outside of class. There
are also outside of classroom activities
required (ex. Service Learning)
 Class schedules vary from semester to
semester. Service Learning is a part of
several classes.
recognize that “in class” hours and
“out of class” learning/activities may leave
little time for other pursuits.
 Please make your educational pursuits a
priority and recognize that others may not
automatically see this focus as you do.
 Keep your goal in mind, stay focused and
be flexible.
 Please
Working while matriculated in
the OTA Program
 OTA
faculty do not recommend that
students work while in the program,
however, we do recognize that everyone’s
financial obligations are unique and
therefore students may need to work.
 Some folks do work first and second
semester; summer course load is full time
for 5 weeks therefore work is not an
option. Please plan for this.
 Students
are committed to 40 hours of
fieldwork in the last semester when they
are completing OTS 206 and OTS208
Level II Fieldwork. Outside work is not an
option. You will not be attending FW II
based on the college calendar this
semester so please note this and plan
accordingly.
 REMEMBER:
 It is impossible to add a full time job onto
another full time job and be in a state of
occupational health.
Sample Schedules
Day
Tuesday
Wed
Gen Ed
Semester 2
Summer
Semester
Semester 1
Monday
Thursday
Friday
OTA
8:30-1:30
Gen Ed
Gen Ed
OTA
Gen Ed
9:30-2:00
OTA
8:30-3:30
Gen Ed
OTA
8:30-11:30
OTA
8-5
OTA
8-5
OTA
8-5
OTA
8-5
OTA
8-5
OTA
8:304:30
Gen Ed
OTA
8:30-3:30
OTA
9-3
FWII
8-5
FWII
8-5
FWII
8-5
FWII
8-5
OTA
8:30-5
Semester 3
Semester 4
FWII
8-5
Student Services
Academic Support
Information can be found in the current KVCC College Catalog
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Marden Center for Success
Academic Support
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We encourage all OTA students to
access these important services.
If you need learning assistance of
any kind the academic
achievement center available to
you.
Services for Students with
disabilities are available to those
who require accommodations.
Adult education partnerships
Pathways program for first year
students needing academic skill
enhancement
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TRIO
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Offers a variety of academic
services to those who are eligible.
Eligibility includes a wide array of
needs. If you have a disability or
need learning assistance, we
strongly encourage you to learn
more about TRIO and about the
way you learn.
You will be most successful
meeting your learning needs if you
plan ahead of time.
Transfer services
Student Services continued
 Student
services also include personal
supports such as: career counseling,
specialized advising, personal counseling,
child care assistance and coordination
issues.
 Linking you with housing, carpooling,
medical services, clubs and parking issues
are other non academic services provided
by student services
Attendance
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The OTA attendance policy is based on respect
and professionalism. Each OTA class has an
attendance policy per individual course syllabi.
 Grades and being in “good” academic standing
are directly affected by poor attendance.
 Respect for your learning, your peers and your
instructors is key to your future practice as an
OTA.
 Students are expected to be on time for class,
attend each class, be prepared for class,
participate in class and be responsible for any
announcements made in class
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The OTA program uses lots of partner and
group learning. If you don’t show up, your
partner’s learning is also affected.
 Students must be on time for class to attend
class session. The door closes if you are 5
minutes late.
 All students are to be familiar with the Essential
Skills & Functions of an OTA student; these are
outlined in the OTA student handbook.
 Effective personal management and
communication skills are critical to your learning
success.
OTA Class/Lab Policies
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Lab policies are also
based on the value of
respect. You will be
required to read and
sign off on your
understanding of the
policies and
procedures as well as
student essential
skills, responsibilities
and roles.
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No cell phones are allowed in class or lab.
Computers/laptops are to be used only for
academic learning while in class/lab.
If you are taping a class you must make the OTA
professor aware and must be responsible to turn
off the recording device at breaks and during
confidential class discussion.
Dress must accommodate the learning
outcomes for any given day. Clothing must be
professional at all times.
Facebook must be used responsibly.
Perfumes and highly scented products are
discouraged.
Legal Issues
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Felony Conviction will most likely not
allow a student to move forward in the
OTA program. Please be advised that
our partners in service learning and
Fieldwork I and II may not accept you if
you have a felony history. National
certification and State licensure may not
allow a graduate with a felony history to sit
for the exam or access a professional
license.
 Currently,
students must obtain a
background check through American
DataBank and Maine Department of
Education fingerprinting.
 The cost of these activities is directly
incurred by the student and may range
from $100.00-$300.00. The average cost
is $125.00.
 These must be completed before the end
of the first semester.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
A felony or serious legal infraction may
impact your fieldwork placement and your
ability to proceed in the OTA program.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
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The OTA program has over 150 fieldwork sites
to support our students in their education
 All OTA students will receive an opportunity to
complete 3— (40) hour/ week level I fieldwork
placements after successfully completing year
one, semester one and two. Level II includes
two 8 week full time practice experiences after
successfully completing all required academic
education (3.25) semesters.
 OTA Students must be prepared to travel, must
be prepared to incur the costs of travel, and
must have reliable transportation to their FW
site.
Fieldwork Rotation
 All
students in the OTA program will
participate in 5 varied fieldwork
experiences in the following areas:
 Pediatrics (includes school based)
 Mental health/psychosocial practice
 Adult physical disabilities
 Non traditional/emerging practice
 Other
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
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We make every
attempt to limit travel
if possible. This
depends on available
qualified sites,
student learning
needs, as well as
geographic
composition of each
class.
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Planning for fieldwork
education is a
collaborative process
between the student,
the KVCC/OTA
Academic Fieldwork
Educator/Coordinator
(AFWE) and the
“clinical” fieldwork site
coordinator.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
 You
MUST complete the necessary
immunizations in the required timeline to
be scheduled for Fieldwork.
 All immunizations must be complete
before the end of the first semester.
 The AFWE must have documentation on
the approved KVCC form of all completed
immunizations.
 Extenuating circumstances will be
reviewed by the OTA faculty.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
Immunizations and CPR
Maine State Law requires all full time and degree seeking part time
post secondary students show proof of immunization against
diphtheria,/tetanus within the last 10 years, and measles, mumps
and rubella or MMR. Copies of these immunizations must be sent to
admissions prior to entry into KVCC.
The Allied Health programs (OTA is included here) require that all
students also get the following immunizations/titers from a qualified
lab and have the KVCC Immunization Form completed with results
noted and signed by healthcare provider :
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Two Step TB (PPD/Mantoux) skin test within the past year
with negative reading
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Varicella Titer results demonstrating immune status;
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Hepatitis Series with titer demonstrating immune status
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
PPD
 A more familiar name
for PPD is TB. All
OTA students must
have an updated PPD
each year they are in
the program.
VARICELLA TITRE
 Varicella is a term for
the herpes virus. It is
the virus that causes
chicken pox. For your
protection and for the
protection of potential
clients it is necessary
that you know if you
are immune or not to
this virus.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
Immunizations
Hepatitis B Series
Hepatitis B is a serious
health event. This
vaccination is set up in 3
parts.
Shot 1-Shot 2-Shot 3
After you receive your first
inoculation you are
required to get the
second in month and the
third four months after
that.
As you can see, this
series will take up
towards 6 months to
complete. You must be
well on your way before
you begin classes in
September.
After the initial series you
will be required to get a
titer to track immunity
status.
Each shot and the titer must
be documented and a
copy submitted. To the
OTA program.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
Immunization
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You may request to sign a waiver or ask for
medical/philosophical exemption. A waiver is system is
sometimes used if you do not register immunity after titer
and a subsequent booster. Some fieldwork sites will not
accept students who do not have a completed profile.
Their strict protocols regarding immunizations prohibit
this.
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As a potential healthcare provider you must recognize
that you are at high risk for exposure to disease.
Immunizations protect you and the clients you will be
interacting with.
FIELDWORK EDUCATION
CPR
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CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Certification must be intact while you are a
student in the OTA program. We must have
verification of your status.
 OTA students are required to receive the BLS
Healthcare provider certification. Courses can
be found at KVCC, at your local hospital, or with
any American Heart Association sponsor of CPR
certification. Online courses are not acceptable.
ALL OTA STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO
COMPLETE ALL IMMUNIZATIONS AND CPR
CERTIFICATION BEFORE LEVEL I
FIELDWORK EDUCATION BEGINS.
The deadline for all immunizations to be complete is the
last day of the first semester.
You must begin your Hepatitis B series by September
30th in order to complete the series and receive the titer
in the allotted time. Please begin to gather your
immunizations and CPR certification as soon as you get
accepted into the OTA program.
MHRT/C
Mental Health Rehabilitation
Technician/Community
 The
State of Maine requires an MHRT/C
for anyone providing mental health
services in the community. Many of these
jobs are perfect for the skills and
education of the OTA. The KVCC/OTA
program graduates automatically receive
MHRT/C recognition.
O.T.A. vs. O.T.role
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Occupational Therapy
Assistants complete a 2
year Associates Degree
program in Occupational
Therapy;
Occupational Therapy
Assistants work under the
direct supervision of the
O.T. and focus on direct
implementation of
interventions;
Occupational Therapy
Assistants are initially
certified by NBCOT and
must be licensed in the
state of Maine
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Occupational Therapists
complete Masters Degree
program in Occupational
Therapy;
Occupational Therapists
can work independently
and focus on evaluation
and planning
Occupational Therapy
services;
Occupational Therapists
are initially certified by
NBCOT and must be
licensed in the state of
Maine
Transferability to Occupational
Therapy Programs
 KVCC
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Program has a positive relationship with all
three Occupational Therapy programs in
the state of Maine. Articulation
requirements and conditions vary program
to program.
 Husson University
 USM-Lewiston Auburn College (LAC)
 University of New England (UNE)
Licensure and Certification
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Licensure is regulated by each
state.
Maine requires that all
Occupational Therapy
practitioners be licensed.
All OT practitioners must pass
the NBCOT exam to be
licensed in Maine.
Licensure requires supervision
and defines how Occupational
Therapy practitioners can
practice.
A felony conviction may affect
a graduate’s ability to attain
state licensure.
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Certification is national and is
regulated by NBCOT.
(National Board for Certification of
Occupational Therapy)
 In order to sit for the certification
exam you must complete all
academic and fieldwork
requirements of an accredited
Occupational
Therapy/Occupational Therapy
Assistant program.
 All Occupational Therapy
practitioners must be initially
certified. Occupational Therapists
and Occupational Therapy
Assistants do not have to maintain
this certification to practice.
 A felony conviction may affect a
graduate’s ability to sit for the
certification exam.
Career Opportunities and Salary
Information
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The career opportunities for OTA’s are as varied as the
people who enter the profession. More and more non
traditional opportunities are on the horizon and traditional
opportunities are consistent.
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We have a great track record for our graduates
accessing gainful employment within 6 months of
graduation. OTA graduate surveys indicate that a
majority of responders were working in the OT field.
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According to 2012 KVCC Graduate Follow-up Report
Alumni Report puts the average salary for an OTA in
Maine at $37,336; average hourly wages are
approximately 26.00/hour. Salaries vary depending on
geography and practice environment.
Accreditation
The KVCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by
ACOTE
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682
www.aota.org
The Occupational Therapy Assistant
program has been in existence since 1992.
It is scheduled for re-accreditation in 2016.
SOAR Orientation and
Registration
 If
you have not yet attended a SOAR
Orientation please contact Jillienne
Hughes, Academic Affairs at
[email protected]
After you have completed this OTA
Information Session + SOAR you may
register for fall classes in the OTA
Program.
Finally,
 KVCC
holds a Campus Community Day
each Fall.
 The OTA Program has a specific
Orientation Meeting to prepare for classes
during this time. Date: August 23, 2012
 All OTA students are required to attend
the OTA orientation meeting. We will
meet from 10:30AM-1:00 PM in the OTA
lab.
Glad to have you join us!
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Other Questions? Contact:
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Diane Sauter-Davis MA, OTR/L
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OTA Program Director
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(207)453-5172 or [email protected]
Please answer the following questions,
sign/date and SUBMIT
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#1 All students in the OTA program must maintain a C average in all
courses.
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#2 The state of Maine requires initial certification and licensure for all
Occupational Therapy practitioners.
Y
N
#3 All immunization documentation and background checks must be
completed by the end of the first semester
Y N
#4 An Occupational Therapy Assistant must work under the supervision of
an Occupational Therapist.
Y N
#5 Fieldwork placement options are a collaborative process in the OTA
program. Three populations are required.
Y N
#6 A felony conviction may hinder your chances for licensure and
certification.
Y N
#7 If you have special learning needs you should begin to inquire about
them before you actually begin the OTA program
Y N
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