Mission Statement The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at South Suburban College is to serve our students by providing a quality and personally challenging educational experience while preparing for employment as entry level occupational therapy practitioners in a variety of diverse and challenging healthcare and social environments. The program provides students with the essential personal and professional skills to effectively practice as entry level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants by providing a “Process” that emphasizes ethical, client centered and evidence-based practice rooted in core values and lifelong learning. The “Process” embraces a diverse student population to facilitate a learning community that reflects a culturally diverse society and an appreciation of individual’s unique set of circumstances to successfully engage in purposeful and meaningful occupations. Program Goals The mission and philosophy of the SSC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program’s “Process” serves as the framework for the rigorous, holistic and comprehensive curriculum that ensures student success, personal and professional responsibility through the following program goals: To Recognize and utilize the diverse attributes and talents of the SSC student population to foster the provision of occupational therapy services in an ever changing diverse socioeconomic and cultural healthcare, vocational and educational environment. To prepare students for entry-level employment, certification and state licensure/registration. To prepare graduates to address and respond to challenges within the field of Occupational Therapy and healthcare by recognizing the need for involvement in professional and civic organizations that promote and support the field of Occupational Therapy. To encourage students to take personal responsibility in the areas of psychosocial and physical health, wellness and prevention of occupational dysfunction. To provide students with the interpersonal and technical skills necessary to collaborate with the occupational therapist and other members of the healthcare/educational team in providing occupational therapy services that reflect client centered occupation based intervention in accordance with the profession’s core values, standards and ethics.