The Occupational Therapy Assistant program uses a “hands on” teaching approach while grounding the instruction in solid theory and academic foundations.
Each class has a laboratory component wherein students can practice the skills learned
in lecture. Occupational Therapy clinicians are experts in the adaptation, rehabilitation,
and organization of skills for the “job” of living, such as dressing, grooming, eating,
bathing, and home management. The coursework, while demanding, is interesting and
Entry into the program starts with filling out an application for admission to Lake Washington Institute of Technology plus indicating that you wish to be admitted to the OTA program. Admissions Requirements
OTA Program fees include, but at not limited to, added costs for immunizations and additional fieldwork requirements totaling approximately $250 per academic year.
Degrees and Certificates
ABOUT THE PROGRAMThe OTA program is a full-time, daytime curriculum with both morning and afternoon courses and labs. All lecture and laboratory classes are held on the Kirkland Campus. Clinical affiliations, also known as fieldwork experiences, are held at various off-campus settings, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics, and adult day health programs.
Because occupational therapy is concerned with “living life to its fullest” coursework includes:
Functional anatomy and kinesiology
Therapeutic activities or occupations
Teamwork between the Occupational Therapist and the OT Assistant
Working with older adults and children
Working with persons with different challenges and disabilities
Conducting therapeutic groups
Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states also require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete all Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Occupational Therapy is a fast growing health profession. The OTA creatively works with persons who have limitations, disabilities, or challenges with independence in daily living activities, cognition, psychosocial function, and/or mobility. The OTA uses normal "occupation" (fun activities, avocational interests, exercise, arts and crafts, self-care tasks and routines, thinking and planning strategies, work tasks, and household and family care) to help people manage their lives with independence, grace, and dignity.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and the web address is www.acoteonline.org.
TDD: (425) 739-8109
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Allied Health Building A107
|Jenny Rogoff, MEd OTR/L
OTA Program Coordinator
Jenny earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and her Master of Education degree in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Jenny has over 17 years of clinical experience in adult and geriatric rehabilitation. Her specialty areas include orthopedics, neurological conditions, dementia care, and treatment of the medically complex person. Jenny has always enjoyed the challenge of treating the whole patient with particular emphasis on the psychosocial aspects complicated by physical injuries and disabilities. She has practiced in multiple clinical settings including subacute/transitional care, skilled nursing, assisted living, hospital and wellness programs. In addition to her clinical experience she has operational management and teaching experience. She worked as a Clinical Specialist and District Manager overseeing numerous interdisciplinary rehab teams in Western Washington and Oregon. She has 5+ years’ experience teaching in OTA programs and experience working as an academic fieldwork coordinator. Jenny enjoys program development, mentoring clinicians/students, and ensuring the recipients of OT services receive the best possible treatment and clinical outcomes. In her free time Jenny enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies and supporting her daughter and step-daughter at their various sporting events.
Robin Huesca, MOTR/L
Robin Huesca earned her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2003, followed by her Master of Occupational Therapy from University of Washington in 2005. Robin has over 10 years of experience within multiple settings, starting her career within the public school system in Lake Washington School District, primarily in early intervention and the self-contained special education classrooms. After having her first child, Robin began working in the acute care environment at Providence Everett Regional Medical Center. During her 7 years at Providence, Robin led an interdisciplinary team in the development of Prioritization Tool and “Reasonable and Necessary Tool” improving consistency of rehabilitation department service delivery, and establishing evidence-based and fiscally compliant guidelines for acute care therapy services. Most recently, as Lead Occupational Therapist of Evergreens’ Rehabilitation Team, Robin worked to improve communication and streamline therapists’ service delivery between acute and inpatient services to achieve optimal client outcomes. Robin’s passion is working to bring Evidence-Based Research into everyday treatment practice. She strongly believes in helping individuals with acute or chronic illness and/or injury can act as partners with their Occupational Therapist to improve their clinical outcomes and quality of life.