What Would You Do Today if . . . You received a severe head injury ?
What Would You Do Today if . . .? You had a stroke?
What Would You Do Today if . . .? You were rapidly losing your eyesight?
What Would You Do Today if . . .? You lost an arm or leg?
What does a COTA do? Help their clients to Learn to do everyday things again
COTAswork in these Occupational Areas: • Activities of Daily Living-ADLs (eating, hygiene, dressing, bathroom) • Instrumental ADLs(cooking, finances, child care) • Education • Social Participation • Leisure • Play • Work
Who do COTAs work with? • A COTA works closely with an Occupational Therapist (OT) who is their supervisor • OTs will set the goals for the patient collaborating with the COTA then the COTA will design the treatments to meet those goals
How do COTAs do that? • Rehabilitation/Remediation
How do COTAs do that? • Adaptive/Assistive Technology
How do COTAs do that? • Modification of Task/Environment
What about the Pay? May 2009 US Bureau of Labor Statistics • Mean Avg Wage - $24.44 hr -$50,830 year • Percentiles10% $33,350 yr 75% $59,890 25% $41,200 yr 90% $68,450 50% $50,830 yr • Industry Profile – (low to high pay)Schools Hospitals Clinics Nursing Care Facilities Home Health Services
How to Become a COTA Salt Lake Community College has an excellent program completed in 4 semesters (plus pre-requisites) – AAS Degree Contact Evelynn O’Dell, SLCC Academic Advisor of Allied Health Sciences, for more information 801-957-6407 or firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about Occupational Therapy go to: www.aota.org
Help put the pieces of a life back together again • Become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant