The TJC Occupational Therapy Assistant program has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
“Our OTA program has been a great addition to our health sciences offerings at TJC, and it’s the result of a lot of hard work by our dedicated faculty and staff,” said Paul Monagan, dean of the TJC School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
“Thanks to their diligence in creating and maintaining this program, we have a strong pool of applicants, a robust curriculum and our graduates have excellent opportunities to enter the job market and/or continue their education.”
Occupational therapy assistants work with licensed occupational therapists to provide care and treatment to help people participate more fully in everyday life.
They help individuals develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. They work with in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools and nursing homes, as well as in the patients’ homes, places of employment and other community settings.
The TJC Occupational Therapy Assistant program provides students with four semesters of classroom and laboratory learning, followed by one semester of full-time fieldwork under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree.
After successfully completing the program, OTA students can take the national exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational to become a certified occupational therapy assistant.
The average annual salary for occupational therapy assistants is $54,520, and job outlook is expected to grow by 40 percent over the next 10 years.
For more information, go to www.tjc.edu/ota.
Established in 1926, TJC is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, with more than 11,500 students enrolled per semester.
For 90 years, TJC has embodied the true sense of the term “community college,” as reflected in its foundational promises to provide students with a quality education, a vibrant student life and opportunities for service to the community.
TJC offers more than 120 degree and certificate programs, plus extensive training and technical programs, and offers opportunities for students to transfer to a four-year institution or gain the skills they need to go directly into the workforce. The college received legislative approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to be the only Texas community college to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.
TJC features a 137-acre campus, rigorous academics, 55 national championships in athletics, stellar fine and performing arts programs, modern residential facilities, and organizations and clubs that reflect student diversity. In 2016, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named TJC as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges.