Shuttered 12 years ago due to changes in Medicare funding, the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is returning to Southwestern Community College.
Mitch Fischer, dean of health sciences at SCC, announced earlier this month that students will be selected in the spring and that classes will resume in fall of 2014.
“The Medicare funding formulas have changed again, allowing us to offer the program,” Fischer said. “Since we’ve not offered the program since 2001, there is a real need for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in Western North Carolina. This program complements our already strong health science program offerings and allows us to further create a collaborative model within our division that we believe can be a model for other schools.”
Overseeing the program at SCC is Anna Holder Walls, who’s been employed as an occupational therapist over the past 12 years in Western North Carolina.
She co-authored research in the area of stroke rehabilitation for an article that was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.