The Chattahoochee Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant program was recently relocated to the Canton campus in Cherokee County from the college’s Marietta campus.

“We were excited to move to this new facility,” said Chattahoochee Tech OTA Program Director Amy Shaffer in a statement. “The OTA program features state-of-the-art technology here at the Canton Campus, and plenty of space to simulate real-world environments for therapy.”

A competitive admissions program, the Chattahoochee Tech OTA program is one of only four OTA programs located in Georgia, according to Shaffer. Chattahoochee Tech admitted its first class of OTA program students in January 2012, with about 16 students admitted into each annual class. Students with the necessary prerequisite courses who have been admitted into the college’s OTA program can graduate in two years with an associate degree, and have opportunities for employment at assorted types of locations.

“Occupational therapy is a very versatile field,” said Shaffer. “Our program graduates can be found working in local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, school systems, pediatric outpatient clinics, adult-based outpatient clinics, and even in the home health care environment. We also have former graduates working as health coaches and activity directors.”

Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills they need for daily living and working. They are directly involved in providing therapy to patients, and work under the direction of occupational therapists.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wages for an occupational therapy assistant in Georgia in 2018 was over $60,000. Recent graduates reported making about $25 an hour, Shaffer said.

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