Student Learning Outcomes – Nashville

Nashville OTA Program Goals:

The following goals are reflective and supportive of the mission and philosophy of the OTA program and the College:

  1. Provide a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant in current and emerging practice
  2. Graduate OTAs who reflect a commitment to the profession’s core values and ethics, lifelong learning, and evidence-based practice
  3. Create a learning atmosphere that is safe and fosters personal and professional growth
  4. Provide opportunities for students to develop clinical reasoning through experiential learning and exposure to a variety of professional experiences through partnerships within the occupational therapy community; an
  5. Foster development of the students’ interpersonal and collaborative skills to meet the complex challenges in providing quality client-centered care

Student Learning Outcomes:

The South College Nashville OTA program seeks to develop Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for competent entry-level practice. Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate orally and in writing to meet demands and requirements of the profession
  2. Utilize effective interpersonal skills with clients, families, and interdisciplinary team members
  3. Review and incorporate evidence-based material to deliver best practice
  4. Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal and ethical and integrate Principles of Occupational Therapy Ethics, as defined by the AOTA
  5. Consistently demonstrate principles and techniques to ensure safety of the patient, oneself, and others
  6. Employ the occupational therapy process for service delivery and differentiate the roles of occupational therapy practitioners
  7. Respect client diversity, values, and individual preferences during service delivery
  8. Analyze activity demands, performance skills, performance patterns, and client factors, within the context of occupational performance
  9. Demonstrate competence in administration of selected assessments relevant to the role of an occupational therapy assistant
  10. Select, prioritize, and sequence occupations, purposeful activity, and treatment techniques relevant to the goals and interests of individuals served in occupational therapy setting
  11. Demonstrate competence in instruction, adapting, and grading of activities and techniques, and modifying environments to meet the needs of clients in their sociocultural context
  12. Demonstrate clinical reasoning by prioritizing holistic needs of clients and engaging in creative problem solving
  13. Utilize and teach compensatory strategies when desired life tasks cannot be performed
  14. Assume roles of leadership and management of occupational therapy services relevant to the role of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant
  15. Understand federal and state regulations and their effect on delivery of occupational therapy and other health services
  16. Demonstrate an awareness of professional and social responsibility, and advocacy including participation in national and state professional organizations, and community service organizations
  17. Explore and utilize community resources to promote occupational function of clients in least restrictive environments