Keep the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology

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Penn College has decided to discontinue the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program, which began over 30 years ago. As OTA students we understand this career path is not well understood, however, it is incredibly important. Occupational Therapy Assistants are concerned with what the patient wants to do, what is important to them, in order to give them an increased quality of life. In this profession we acknowledge our patients as a whole individual, taking into consideration their values, culture, roles, family dynamic, leisure activities, ability to toilet, bathe, cook, etc. rather than just treating the disease. We work with all ages and all diagnoses because anyone effected by a mental or physical challenge will need to make some sort of adaptation in their lives.

Do other schools have OTA programs? Of course, but the OTA program at Penn College is highly reputable. At Penn College students get more hands on education, receiving over 6x the amount of level 1 experience as some other schools. Our level 1 fieldwork lines up respectably with our lecture/lab material. We have the most devoted and passionate professors some of which have been teaching here for their whole careers. At Penn College our classes are small and we go through our majors together, at the same pace.  These are just some reasons why Penn College's OTA program is worth saving.