As your North Carolina Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, I am seeking your direct feedback regarding the upcoming discussion and vote on entry-level educational requirements for occupational therapy & occupational therapy assistant programs. The vote on entry-level education requirements will take place on April 3rd-4th during the Spring RA Meeting at the AOTA Annual Conference. As your RA Representative, I wish to seek further feedback and data from AOTA Members in North Carolina to best represent your voices. Please read the motion below and complete the very brief survey.
David Benthall, MS, OTR/LNorth Carolina Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly
Interpretation of the AOTA bylaws places the responsibility for setting entry-level degree requirements within the scope of the Representative Assembly. Motion 1 for the Spring Meeting is “A Motion to Update the Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants.”
Motion 1 states:
I move that the Representative Assembly revise effective immediately Policy E.6 to read as follows:
PURPOSE: To state the education required for entry into occupational therapy.
IT SHALL BE THE POLICY OF THE ASSOCIATION THAT: 1. The Association recommends and supports entry-level education at the associate and bachelor degree level for occupational therapy assistants.
2. The Association recommends and supports entry level education at the master’s and doctoral degree levels for occupational therapists.
3. Consistent with the Association’s desire to improve practice, education, and research, the Association will take active steps to promote new programs at the graduate level and to assist existing programs to develop in ways that are congruent with the preparation of graduates who have the ability to frame, analyze, and solve complex practice problems.
The full motion can be read here:https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Governance/RA/2019-spring-meeting/Motion1_Update_PolicyE6_Entry_Level_Edu.pdf