Darton State College Catalog 2014-2015 - page 223

8. Students must follow all policies and procedures relevant to Darton State
College, the OTA Program and the fieldwork sites.
9. Membership in state and national professional organizations is encouraged to
enhance professional development.
10. All OTA students are required to purchase a name tag, uniforms as specified by
clinical sites, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, goniometer (large and hand)
and a watch with a sweep second hand.
11. In order to successfully complete the clinical fieldwork and work effectively as an
OTA, students are required to possess the following functional abilities and
critical skills:
a. Able to stand, walk on all surfaces, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and sit
for long periods of time.
b. Able to maintain good balance to assist with gait and transfer training.
c. Able to transfer or maneuver (by self or with assistance) patients
weighing up to 300 pounds.
d. Able to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to fifty pounds.
e. Able to reach above and below the waist.
Able to manually and visually operate and/or manipulate wheelchair,
mobility aids, ambulation devices, instrumentation and equipment.
g. Able to visually and cognitively assess changes in a patient’s condition.
h. Able to question the patient and relay information about the patient
verbally and in writing.
Able to wear appropriate protective equipment and to tolerate
unsightly, noxious environments.
Able to manage physical, emotional and mental stress effectively.
k. Able to tolerate other’s value systems, morals, cultures, sexual
orientation and religious beliefs.
Re-Admission of Returning Students:
Because of the sequential nature of the
course offerings, students must complete all courses in a Semester before
advancing in the program. If a student is experiencing a first time failure, the
student may re-apply to the OTA program for admission in the next fall class.
Students reapplying to the OTA program must maintain the same requirements
expected of all applicants outlined in the OTA Application Packet. OTA courses
more than two years old will have to be repeated. More than one “D” and/or “F”
in the OTA curriculum will result in permanent dismissal from the program. (This
may be two courses or failure of the same course twice.)
The OTA program reserves the right to discontinue, at any time, the enrollment of
an OTA student if, in the judgment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs,
the OTA faculty and the Dean of the Health Science Division, the student does
not appear to have the necessary qualifications for a career as an OTA.
14. Due to the fact that pre-requisites for the Occupational Therapy Masters
programs are different, graduation from the OTA program will not necessarily
prepare the student for entry into an Occupational Therapy professional
education program. Students wishing to pursue a career an Occupational
Therapist should enroll as an Occupational Therapy major.
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