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The occupational therapy assistant is a skilled health care practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in the planning and treatment implementation of individuals affected by physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities.

Accreditation Status: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Baker College of Allen Park, Barker College of Muskegon, and Baker College of Owosso are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; Phone : (301) 652-2682; Web address: Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, clients, caregivers, families, members of the healthcare team and with individuals of all ages, races, genders, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform job functions and duties.
  • Observe clients' response before, during, and after treatment in close and distant proximity to maintain client safety and assess their performance
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the client.
  • Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and clients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Demonstrate motor skills for safe and effective client-centered intervention.
  • Provide assessment and treatment for clients with varied disabilities including clients who may be terminally ill, have transmittable diseases, psychiatric disorders, developmental disorders, and other conditions.
  • Utilize technology for coursework and client-centered interventions. Perform continuous physical work to fulfill clinical education course requirements.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions, emergent demands, and a distracting environment.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to assess and reassess the clients occupational performance including adaptations and analysis of tasks based on best practices.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to fulfill clinical and course requirements.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) professional standards and Code of Ethics established by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, and clinical site policies and procedures.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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