SCRANTON — Lackawanna College received a $65,000 grant from Lackawanna County on Thursday, Feb. 11, that will help the college establish a new occupational therapist assistant (OTA) program. The two-year associate degree program is expected to launch in Scranton for the fall 2017 semester, establishing the only OTA program in a 70-mile radius.
Lackawanna will seek program accreditation through the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
The county grant funding comes as part of their ongoing commitment to the Regional Bioscience Initiative. It accompanies a $50,000 grant received for the establishment of the OTA program from the Moses Taylor Foundation in December 2015.
The new program will complement Lackawanna’s current Allied Health programs — physical therapist assistant, sonography, surgical technology, and paramedic training through the EMS Academy.
Certified occupational therapist assistants equip their clients with the skills they need to return to a normal lifestyle following medical episodes including traumatic brain injury, stroke, or aneurism. Students who complete the program have the ability to work in diverse environments.