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The program goals of the South University, Richmond Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are as follows:

  • Prepare occupational therapy assistants who appreciate and adapt to diverse and alternative cultures, settings, systems, processes, and ideas.
  • Foster student skill in accessing relevant literature and information, using research-based evidence to make informed decisions in occupational therapy practice.
  • Cultivate student skill in effective critical thinking, problem-solving, and clinical reasoning with clients across the lifespan in diverse practice settings.
  • Foster development of student’s communication skills to promote effective, appropriate interaction with all stakeholders.
  • Instill in the student the values, attitudes and behaviors consistent with the occupational therapy profession's philosophy, standards and ethics.
  • Provide the student with opportunities to acquire skills in advocacy for the profession of occupational therapy to other professionals, service providers, consumers, third-party payers,regulatory bodies, professional associations and the public.
  • Provide the student with a challenging curriculum that prepares students to deliver occupational therapy assistant services with entry-level competency under the supervision of an occupational therapist in a variety of practice settings.
  • Impart to the student a passion for lifelong professional development to meet changing societal needs.
  • Provide ongoing opportunities for stakeholders in the OTA Program to have input into the development and evaluation of the OTA Program in ensure the Program remains true to its mission and philosophy.

Richmond Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduation Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Richmond during the three-year period of January 1, 2015 through December 1, 2017 is listed below. (Note: No students entered this OTA program until summer 2016.)

Year Students Enter/Graduate OTA Program Number of Students Newly Enrolled Number of Students Who Graduated Graduation Rate
Cohort 1: Summer 2016, graduating Fall 2017 7 2 29%*
Cohort 2: Winter 2017, graduating Spring 2018 3 NA NA
Cohort 3: Summer 2017, graduating Fall 2018 13 NA NA
*Cohort 1: Note: Of seven students who entered the program but did not graduate, three are expected to graduate upon completion of Level II Fieldwork B. The remaining two students were unable to progress for personal reasons.

NOTE: This information is posted in compliance with ACOTE Standard A.4.2. Accurate and current information regarding student and program outcomes must be readily available to the public on the program's Web page. At a minimum, the following data must be reported for the previous 3 years: Total number of program graduates and graduation rates.

NOTE: Graduation rate is determined by dividing the number of students newly enrolled in a cohort of the Professional OTA Program by the number of students in that cohort who successfully complete degree requirements within 150% of the published length of the Professional OTA Curriculum, or within nine quarters, or within nine quarters, which includes time enrolled.