Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at MSC Earns Continuing Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Murray State College has received continuing accreditation status for seven years from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Accreditation is a system for recognizing educational institutions and professional programs affiliated with those institutions for a level of performance, integrity and quality which entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public they serve.
“We take the accreditation process very seriously because it allows for higher levels of consistency and more positive student outcomes. Faculty and staff from OTA are to be commended for their work with the program and their commitment to the accreditation process,” Murray State College President Joy McDaniel said.
Once students have successfully completed the OTA Program, with16 months of didactic work and 16 weeks of clinical affiliations, graduated from MSC and agreed to abide by NBCOT Practice Standards and the OT Code of Conduct, they are qualified to sit for national boards offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
“We are delighted to receive an accreditation award of seven years by our occupational therapy governing body, the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). We consider the self-study/ accreditation process an opportunity to evaluate our program and keep it fresh and consistent with the high standards mandated by ACOTE,” said MSC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Dr. Jayne Campanini.
The most recent OTA graduating class of 10 was pinned in January, and the application process for the OTA Class of 2018 will begin February 1, 2017.