Ameritech College of Healthcare announces the launch of the new occupational therapy assistant (OTA) associate degree program, beginning with the September 2016 semester.

The accelerated, 20-month program features small class sizes and is designed to cover the therapy needs of all ages, from pediatric treatment to geriatric rehabilitation, focusing not only on muscle development but also real-life situations, such as home settings, hospice and hospital care, according to a media release from Ameritech College of Healthcare.

In addition, per the release, students will have the opportunity to gain experience working in the field, as well as work with adaptive equipment and learn about subjects and therapies for the hand, lymphedema, back and spine, neonatal ICU, end of life, hospice, ergonomics and more. Simulation rooms located at the college’s Draper, Utah, campus will also provide space to train students in real-world situations.

“The Ameritech OTA curriculum is unique because it provides field work at the same time students are learning about those therapies—students learn about it, then they show their competency in the real world,” says Dana Dunbar-Leavitt, OTA program director at Ameritech, in the release. “With our comprehensive and diverse program, our students will be among the best trained and most well-rounded OTAs in the healthcare field.”

Once students complete the program, they will receive their associate degree and will be able to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Students may also be eligible for certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and CarFit Technician.

For more information, visit Ameritech College of Healthcare.

[Source(s): Ameritech College of Healthcare, Business Wire]