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Metropolitan Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy Essential Skills

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: 
Amber Jenkins, 816.604.4235
Application deadline: 
June 15

The following are standards for graduates of our OTA program. If you have a disability, MCC will provide reasonable accommodations. Please contact the Access resource coordinator at 604.4089 or visit the access office website. Two- to six- week advance notice is required for some accommodations.

Mobility Ability sufficient to assist clients to move from room to room, move over varied terrain and provide safe and effective client care in a timely fashion.
  • Assist adults and children with transfers to/from a variety of surfaces and provide proper positioning for the clients independently and safely.
  • Transport adults and children in wheelchairs.
  • Transport and set up intervention and therapeutic equipment such as swings, balls, splint pans, prostheses, tub seats, portable commodes, etc.
  • Physically support clients safely during treatment sessions.
Fine Motor Skills Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care in a timely fashion.
  • Use instruments such as goniometers and strength gauges, safety devices, adaptive equipment in the care/treatment of clients.
  • Construction of splints, adaptive equipment, as needed.
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs of clients for safe client care.

Detect and respond independently to monitoring alarms, signs of client's distress such as a change in an client's pulse, blood pressure and/or a client's communication of distress.

Visual Sufficient observation skills necessary for safe client care.

Detect and respond independently to warning signals from team members and/or clients of impending danger or emergency, i.e. a change in an individual's appearance, and/or an individual's physical communication of distress.

Critical Thinking Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.
  • Interpret and carry out written and verbal communication often in stressful situations.
  • Identify cause-effect relationship to develop appropriate and safe intervention strategies following the OTR plan of care.
  • Determine when assistance from an OTR is needed.
Interpersonal Skill Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with clients, families, groups, team members from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Establish rapport and maintain professional boundaries in relationships with clients/families and colleagues.
  • Motivate and engage clients in treatment.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and to respond to feedback in a professional manner.
  • Respond appropriately and effectively with psychotic behavior and/or threatening inappropriate or aggressive behavior that maybe exhibited by clients.
Communication Communication abilities for interaction with others orally and in writing.
  • Accurately present therapy findings/results/plan to clients/families and in team meetings.
  • Instruct client/family in OT treatment procedures.
  • Accurately document client progress notes, reports according to facility guidelines and standards.