Research Article
Issue Date: December 2019
Published Online: December 18, 2019
Updated: May 07, 2020
Value of Occupational Therapy Assistant Education to the Profession
Author Notes
  • André Johnson, BHS, COTA/L
    André Johnson, BHS, COTA/L×
    Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR
    Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR×
    Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L
    Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L×
    for
    for×
    The Commission on Education
    The Commission on Education×
    Tina DeAngelis, EdD, OTR/L, Chairperson
    Tina DeAngelis, EdD, OTR/L, Chairperson×
    Celeste Z. Alexander, MS, OTR/L
    Celeste Z. Alexander, MS, OTR/L×
    Marguerite Deforge, OTD, OTR
    Marguerite Deforge, OTD, OTR×
    André Johnson, BHS, COTA/L
    André Johnson, BHS, COTA/L×
    Gavin R. Jenkins, PhD, OTR/L, ATC
    Gavin R. Jenkins, PhD, OTR/L, ATC×
    Alexandra N. Keehn, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS
    Alexandra N. Keehn, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS×
    Shannon Levandowski, OTD, MS, OTR, BCP, SCSS
    Shannon Levandowski, OTD, MS, OTR, BCP, SCSS×
    Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L
    Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L×
    Inti Marazita, MS, OTR/L
    Inti Marazita, MS, OTR/L×
    Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR
    Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR×
    Mary Kim Qualls, OTD, MS, OTR/L
    Mary Kim Qualls, OTD, MS, OTR/L×
    Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L
    Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L×
    Neil Harvison, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, AOTA Headquarters Liaison
    Neil Harvison, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, AOTA Headquarters Liaison×
    Adopted by the Representative Assembly 2015 Apr C10 Edited 2019
    Adopted by the Representative Assembly 2015 Apr C10 Edited 2019×
  • Note. This revision replaces the 2015 document Value of occupational therapy assistant education to the profession, previously published and copyrighted in 2015 by the American Occupational Therapy Association in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410070. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.696S07
    Note. This revision replaces the 2015 document Value of occupational therapy assistant education to the profession, previously published and copyrighted in 2015 by the American Occupational Therapy Association in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410070. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.696S07×
Article Information
Position Paper
Research Article   |   December 18, 2019
Value of Occupational Therapy Assistant Education to the Profession
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312410007-7312410006. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S209
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312410007-7312410006. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S209
Abstract

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recognizes the value, necessity, and viability of occupational therapy assistant education. Occupational therapy assistant educational programs meet standards of performance established by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) to produce competent entry-level occupational therapy assistants who are eligible for national certification and state licensure. Occupational therapy assistants work collaboratively with occupational therapists in contributing to the profession’s pursuit of providing high-quality, cost-effective services to promote health and wellness by meeting society’s occupational needs. Occupational therapy assistant education provides a sound foundation for practice with the development of competent skill sets to fulfill various professional roles within contemporary practice. These roles include direct care provider, educator, manager, leader, and advocate for the profession and the consumer (ACOTE, 2018).