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ERIC Number: ED531270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 120
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2011 Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Occupational Therapy Assistant. (Program CIP: 51.0803 - Occupational Therapist Assistant)
Hager, Sherry; Pulver, Tim; Chittom, Suzanne
Research and Curriculum Unit
As the world economy continues to evolve, businesses and industries must adopt new practices and processes in order to survive. Quality and cost control, work teams and participatory management, and an infusion of technology are transforming the way people work and do business. Employees are now expected to read, write, and communicate effectively; think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions; and interact with each other and the technologies in the workplace. Career-technical programs must also adopt these practices in order to provide graduates who can enter and advance in the changing work world. The curriculum framework in this document reflects these changes in the workplace and a number of other factors that impact local career-technical programs. The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum is a two-year program of study that prepares an individual to work under the direction of a certified Occupational Therapist to administer treatment pertinent to restorative, preventive, and maintenance programs. The focus is on the development and maintenance of capacity to perform those tasks essential to productive living and to the mastery of self and the environment. This program prepares the graduate to practice in a variety of health care and community settings as a member of a professional team. Opportunities for employment are varied and extensive. Admission to the program is selective and competitive. An associate's degree is granted upon successful completion of the program. Industry standards referenced are based on the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.'s "Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant." Appended are: (1) Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant; (2) Related Academic Standards; and (3) 21st Century Skills. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit; Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Technical Education
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi