PhilaU to Launch New Accelerated A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Fall 2010

Philadelphia University will offer a new accelerated Associate of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies, which will begin in the fall 2010. The program will prepare individuals to practice occupational therapy in multiple settings with people of all ages and for successful completion of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

Lecture classes are scheduled two evenings per week during each 8-week term and lab classes are conducted on Saturday mornings. Enrolling in five terms per year enables students to complete the program in 23 months. All students must enter the program in the fall.

The program will be based on lecture, discussion and hands-on experiences guided by faculty and mentors in the profession, creating enhanced opportunities for students to practice their skills, ask questions and learn.

Clinical experiences will be integrated throughout the course work including lectures/labs at clinical sites, a minimum of 36 observation hours at a clinical site in each of three specific courses, and two, eight-week, full-time clinical placements during the final two terms.

Application forms for admission to the accelerated A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies Program are available online for download at  or by contacting the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies by email at or by phone at 215.951.2900.

Information Sessions will be held on Philadelphia University’s Main Campus Sat., March 6 from 10 a.m. to Noon, and Tues., March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in The Tuttleman Center.

“This unique program will incorporate collaborative projects with students in the architecture, design and health science majors to gain interdisciplinary experience and skills,” said Marianne Dahl, director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. “Students can look forward to becoming successful practitioners in a dynamic health career field.”

Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to regain their independence and return to a more rewarding life following illness or trauma. Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to provide hands-on services to children, young people, adults and seniors who are working hard to reach their fullest potential. Recent information published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a strong and steadily improving job outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants for the foreseeable future.

For more information regarding the A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies Program, call 215.951.2900 or email

The occupational therapy assistant program at Philadelphia University has applied for accreditation and is awaiting Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education(ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-2682.

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