The Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy OTA Program at Penn State Mont Alto includes five semesters of studies: four semesters of coursework followed by 16 weeks of fieldwork in at least two areas of practice.
The philosophical foundation of the progressive teaching-learning model is that it prepares graduates to assume the role of a lifelong learner, thus moving them to continued levels of higher learning alongside of five primary curricular threads:
- Professional behaviors
- Occupational therapy practice framework and processes
- Empowerment via the teaching-learning process
- Clinical reasoning
- Therapeutic use of self and the intentional relationship
It is through the progressive teaching-learning process that students glean the skills, knowledge, and understanding that human beings are unique and have a relationship with the environment that is interdependent and constantly changing while engaged in meaningful occupations. To this end, the mission of the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is two-fold: to prepare graduates who will be competent entry-level certified occupational therapy assistants and to meet the unique needs of the community through education and service.